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Elk Mound school board approves 2% increase for extracurricular salaries

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Board of Education has approved a 2 percent increase in salaries for extracurricular positions that amounts to a total increase for the school district’s budget of $2,145.

The salary increases affect 64 extracurricular positions, and the increases range anywhere from $5 to $105.

One position, the Elk Mound Middle School Camp Phillips camp counselors, received a 4 percent increase, going from $110 to $115.

For more than 30 years, teachers at Elk Mound Middle School have been taking the sixth grade students on an end-of-the-year trip to Camp Phillips in Barron County, not far from Haugen.

Over the past few years, the extracurricular salary schedule has not increased, noted Paul Weber, principal at Elk Mound High School.

The 64 positions account for a total in the budget of $108,375.

The coaching positions received the highest increases, ranging from $70 more per season to $105 more.

For example, the head high school baseball coach will increase by $70 from $3,500 to $3,570; the head boys and girls basketball coaches will increase by $105 from $5,130 to $5,235; the head football coach will increase by $100 from $5,120 to $5,220; the head golf coach will increase by $50 from $2,400 to $2,450; the high school athletic director will increase by $90 from $4,500 to $4,590; the middle school athletic director will increase by $25 from $1,330 to $1,355.

Other increases include $30 more for the high school Academic Decathlon director, the high school drama/musical coach, the head Forensics coach and the high school Science Olympiad coach from $1,550 to $1,580; a $20 increase for the high school Future Business Leaders of America advisor from $1,050 to $1,070; a $40 increase for the high school yearbook advisor from $1,770 to $1,810; and a $10 increase for the high school student council and National Honor Society advisor from $530 to $540.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:

• Approved open enrollment applications for 37 students who want to attend school at Elk Mound and for 26 students wishing to enroll elsewhere. Of the 37 applications to enroll at Elk Mound, 26 are new applications and 11 already attend Elk Mound. Of the students wishing to enroll elsewhere, four are already attending school out of the district.

• Approved renewing the dental plan with Delta Dental. The premium will represent a 7 percent increase.

• Learned that approximately 600 people attended Grandparents’ Day at Mound View Elementary on the afternoon of May 7. The event featured a display of more than 100 student projects.

• Learned that sixth grade students will leave for Camp Phillips June 4 and will return June 6.

• Learned that eighth grade graduation will be held at 7 p.m. on June 11.

• Learned that Safety and Respect summer driving classes will begin at the high school on June 16 and will end July 11. Two sessions per day will be held in June. A third section is scheduled in August and will run from August 4 to August 22.

During a closed session, the Elk Mound Board of Education:

• Approved hiring Angela Jenson as a bus driver to finish out the school year and to continue working as a bus driver next year.

• Approved hiring Alisa Frinacke as a third grade teacher.

• Approved adjustments to add another $1,275 per cell on the salary grid for teachers. The additional money amounts to a 2 percent increase and is intended to help the teachers pay their share of benefits.

• Approved an 18-cent per hour increase in hourly wages for support staff, which amounts to about a 2 percent increase, to help offset the cost of benefits.