Broken Bow School Board discusses teacher negotiations, re-elects officers

Staff Writer

The Broken Bow School Board received an offer from the teachers as salary negotiations continued at Monday evenings regular school board meeting. Part of the teachers’ offer was for the base pay to stay at 100 percent of the array plus an increase of the average increase of salaries in the array minus $240. The teachers also requested that accumulated sick day totals remain at 75 with $100 paid per day.

The board voted to re-elect officers to the same positions as a whole rather than taking individual nominations and voting. Voting Yes to retain the officers were Carl French, JB Artkins, Gerald Pirnie and Tom Osmond. Voting No were Pam Holcomb and Mary Shaw.

A committee comprised of Holcomb, Atkins and Osmond was formed to meet with any potential superintendent candidates who might be looking for more information before formally applying for the position. The suggestion was brought to the floor by French at the suggestion of Dr. Virginia Moon.

Science teachers Kurt Altig and Suzanne Smith presented a new science program to the board that will meet new standards. “This will revolutionize how science is taught,” Altig said. Among other things, the new program would include critical thinking and real life problem solving. The board will review the new program.

The next board meeting will be Monday, Feb. 5. It begins at 4:30 p.m. with teacher negotiations. At 5 p.m., the board will meet with Dr. Virginia Moon to discuss goals. After the discussion with Dr. Moon, the regular work session will take place. The meeting is open to the public.

For further details on the board meeting, read the Jan. 18, 2018 issue of the Custer County Chief.