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Red Wing School Board briefs

Radmer's 10 extra contract days tabled again

The debate over whether to add 10 days to Curriculum Director Kathy Radmer's contract continued at Monday's Red Wing School Board meeting.

The item was removed from the consent agenda at the May 16 meeting to allow board members more time to look over the proposed changes. The item was back on the consent agenda Monday night, but member Dennis Porter requested the item be pulled out for discussion.

According to a memo from Finance Director Brad Johnson, the additional days were proposed because of Radmer's work with the district's improvement plans and some retiree benefit reductions.

The additional contract days would mean a raise for Radmer of just over $5,000. In addition, the 10 extra days would mean Radmer would work seven more days than the superintendent and about 20 more days than the elementary principals, Porter said.

"I fully support the position and the work being done. I don't mean to debate the work ... because it's tremendous work," he said. "(But) everyone's working harder with less."

Board members expressed concern about not knowing enough about the job duties assigned to the curriculum director.

"What is the official job description at this time and how many budgets is it paid out of?" member Mitch Boldt asked.

Chairwoman Heidi Jones spoke in favor of the additional contract days. "We have a highly skilled employee who I feel is critical at this time," she said.

The board voted 5-1 to table the item until a future meeting. Board member Steve Anderson opposed the vote; Paul Kramp was absent.

District's health insurance still up in the air

The school district's health insurance coverage is still unknown. The board was updated on the ongoing negotiations Monday night.

The district has received one bid from Public Employee Insurance Program - a state-run insurance plan that gives the district little control over the benefits and renewal rates - and three from current provider Health Partners.

If the district renews with Health Partners, rates would go down .08 percent. If the district decides to go with PEIP, insurance rates would go up about 2 percent, and there is no cap on the second year renewal rates.

Still, the Labor Management Committee was unhappy with the proposed renewal rates from Health Partners and wrote a letter to the company, saying they would bid out to other health insurance providers to get better rates.

In reply, Health Partners said they would withdraw their bids if the district bids out to other providers. The district has not decided whether to seek bids.

Personnel changes

The board approved the following personnel changes:

New hires: Katie Eckblad, special education assistant for Kid's Junction, effective June 7; TaNesha Messner, second-grade teacher at Burnside, effective August 2011; Sara Pumper, kindergarten teacher at Sunnyside, effective August 2011; Kristin Tum, FACS teacher at Red Wing High School, effective Aug. 26, Jessica Janisch, speech-language pathologist, districtwide, effective August 2011; Darcy Feehan, special education teacher at Red Wing High School, effective August 2011.

Transfers: Chris Shafer, baker at Sunnyside, effective Sept. 6; Holly Tauer, SLD/EBD teacher at Red Wing High School, effective August 2011.

Terminations: Nancy Gillmer, Montessori teacher at Riverbend Montessori, effective June 6; Reggie McCullough, Montessori educational assistant at Riverbend Montessori, effective June 6.

Retirement: Karen Murray Broadhead (Borgstrom), special education assistant at Burnside, effective June 6.

Recall: Nicole McQuiston, Title I educational assistant at Sunnyside, effective Sept. 1.

Meeting watch

@brief/summary text: Monday's meeting lasted about three hours and 15 minutes. Treasurer Paul Kramp was absent; in-coming Supt. Karsten Anderson attended the meeting.

-- compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer.