MOORESVILLE — The Mooresville Consolidated School Corp. school board met Tuesday evening where it conducted ordinary business such as ratifying the teachers’ contract and moving forward on the district’s construction of the fitness center.
The board broke the regular meeting temporarily to allow for a mandated public hearing on the collective bargaining between the administration and the Mooresville Classroom Teachers Association.
No one from the public spoke at this hearing, and the board immediately moved to the ratification of the contract, which “consists of a $500 salary base increase for all certified staff (who rated effective or highly effective), as well as a 2% stipend,” according to the district’s assistant superintendent Dr. Jake Allen.
The board also approved similar deals for support staff, contracted services and administrators. Support staff and contracted services will receive a 1.5 percent base pay increase and two percent stipend, “retroactive to July 1, 2020.” Administrators also will receive a $500 base pay increase and a two percent stipend.
“In doing this, all MCSC employees will receive an equitable pay increase,” Allen said.
This is in contrast to other area schools, which did not distribute base salary increases this year, citing financial uncertainty as a result of COVID-19 as the reason.
“It is due to the strong financial condition of the corporation that we are able to make this recommendation,” Allen concluded.
The board also approved two items related to the fitness center, being managed by Performance Services. The first of these approvals was the report on phase one. This phase “provides a final scope and price for the project, which has been presented to and approved by the technical review committee,” according to Dr. Allen.
It also approved phase two of the contract, which is the construction phase.
The school board president, Dr. Bill Roberson broke off for a minute after this, informing the public that the school board has managed to keep the tax rate unchanged for more than 10 years, including now with this project, which he reiterated will not raise taxes.
The board approved a check from Blueframe Technology for the first quarter of 2020, which is the company the district uses to livestream events, Allen said. He elaborated that they can stream sports, school plays, graduations and more with a “pay-per-view” model to recoup some of the lost funds from ticket sales as a result of COVID-19.
He said the school receives 60 percent of these funds and the company 40 percent.
Assistant superintendent Holly Frye also informed the board and public that their Adult & Child program will be offering a primary care health clinic for Newby students. There will be a ribbon cutting for Telehealth Clinic at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19, for the facility which will provide primary care appointments for these students.
- The board approved the consent agenda, which included donations in the amount of $1,410.
- The board approved entering into a $12,000 contract with Envoy and Lancer + BeeBe in order to “conduct a facility condition assessment and a ten year improvement / replacement plan.”
- The board also approved renewing the $11,240 contract with Software Systems as the district’s financial management software.
- They recognized Mooresville High School cheer captain Ally Mann, who was chosen for the 2020 Indiana All-State Cheer Team by the Indiana Association of School Principals, a first for a Mooresville student.
- They also recognized Northwood art teacher Allyson Avery, who was named the Outstanding Elementary Art Educator by the Art Education Association of Indiana.
The next board meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2020, at the education center located at 11 W Carlisle St.