Lisbon school board OKs raise for staff

LISBON – The Lisbon school board on Tuesday approved an agreement with the classified staff members, a month after approving a new agreement with teachers.

Superintendent Don Thompson told the board the new contact had many similarities with the teachers contract, including increases of 2 percent this year, 2 percent next year and 1 percent the third year.

The only exception would be in a case where the minimum wage increases by a bigger percentage than what was agreed upon. For instance, Thompson said if the minimum wage increases by 3 percent next year, then in January the classified staff would receive an adjustment providing them with an additional 1 percent.

Thompson said the concern was the unfairness of those classified staff members making minimum wage receiving larger increases in the past than other classified staff members.

Non-union, the Lisbon schools classified staff members generally negotiate with members of the board once the teachers contract is completed, Thompson said. The classified staff would include bus drivers, custodians and cooks.

In other matters before the board:

– The board accepted the resignation of Theresa Mottle, an English and language arts teacher at the high school, who will be leaving to take another job closer to her home. The board approved Kyle Bing, a former teacher at Southern Local, to replace her. Additionally, they hired Lauri Sauerwein to teach health and physical education.

– The board approved maintenance contracts for the summer with R and R Seal Coat, $8,900 for sealing and striping; Hunsburg Concrete, $3,700 for concrete replacement; and Sanford Heating and Cooling, $3,500 for heating and cooling line repair.

– The board changed an adjustment made last month to the reduced price breakfast and lunch prices. Last month, the board had approved a 10-cent increase for each of them, but the reduced prices were reinstated Tuesday at the original prices of 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.