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School board approves budget

Mountainburg School Board members approved budgets, purchases and new hires during their Aug. 19 meeting.

Board members approved a number of routine issues during their meeting, among them the purchase of a 20-foot goose-neck trailer.

After a $1,950 trade in, the trailer was purchased for $11,400 from Ranalli Farms in Springdale, said Superintendent Dennis Copeland.

Board members adopted the Section 125 Flexible Fringe Benefit Plan for employees, reconfirming the current contract with American Fidelity, Copeland said. They also approved an $800 budget for the junior high cheerleaders and a $1,200 budget for high school cheerleaders.

After an executive session on personnel, board members approved a classified salary schedule for an ABC lead teacher position. The salary was approved for a lead teacher who has a bachelor’s degree but is not certified by the state, Copeland said.

Two resignations were accepted by the board. The resignations were from two employees for previous positions who now hold new positions with the school district, Copeland said.

Deniecha Wewer resigned from her position as a para-professional in the ABC program; Wewer was hired as a lead teacher in a previous meeting. Jeremy Phillips also resigned as a para-professional; Phillips previously was hired as a high school math teacher.

Other hires include Janice Carr as a high school para-professional; Becky Dean as a Title I para-professional, and Dean already holds a position as the elementary music teacher; and Audra Peters was given a substitute teacher contract not to exceed $5,000 for the 2013-14 school year.

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