2012-06-14 / Front Page

Forbes Approves Teacher Contract

Passes 12-13 budget with no new taxes
By Jean Snyder

After a one-hour executive session last Monday evening, the Forbes Road School District Board of Directors approved a three-year contract with its teachers, effectively ending collective bargaining and reaching a deal prior to the end of the current contract.

According to Forbes Road Acting Superintendent Mark Loucks, the three-year contract will commence on July 1, 2012, and run through June 30, 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, teachers will receive pay raises of $750 for fiscal year 2012-13, an additional $850 for 2013-14 and $1,000 in the third and final year, 2014-15.

Other terms of the contract include the opportunity for teachers to establish Health Savings Accounts (HSA) or to stay with a regular health insurance plan. Deductibles under the HSA plans are lower than the other deductibles.

Earlier in the evening, the board also approved a 2012-13 budget that calls for no new taxes to district taxpayers. The general fund budget sets expenditures at $6,765,003 and revenues at $6,652,428 with $112,575 listed as other financing sources. The budget easily passed on a 7-2 vote with Merrill Arnold and Byron Helsel voting no on the budget.

Taxes for 2012-13 remain unchanged and include: property taxes, 35.042 mills; wage and profits tax, 1 percent; per capita under Act 511, $5; occupation tax, $10; real-estate transfer tax, 1 percent; and per capita under Section 679 of the public school code, $5. The motion setting taxes passed unanimously.

In a related matter, a resolution was adopted for property-tax allocation using gaming funds of $172,326.84 for those taxpayers who qualify for the Homestead/ Farmstead exemption. The real-estate reduction amounts to approximately $180.08 per parcel. The resolution was adopted on a 7-2 vote with Deonna Carmack and Karen Peffer voting no.

An additional motion was passed to approve moving any additional unassigned fund balance on June 30, 2012, to committed fund balance, with the amount to be determined upon completion of the fiscal year audit. The committed fund balance will be used for future payment of bond principal, interest payments, health insurance increases and retirement rate increases. The motion passed on a 7-2 vote with Merrill Arnold and Byron Helsel voting no.

The board acted on the following personnel items: a resignation from Kayla Cromer as varsity girls basketball coach was accepted effective immediately, and Aaron Burke was hired to replace her; the resignation of Jason Carbaugh as technology director was accepted to be effective June 30, 2012; a leave of absence was granted to Jessica Vollbrecht for August 15, 2012, through October 5, 2012, with accumulated sick and personal time to be used; Teresa Booth was appointed as substitute to fill in for Vollbrecht at a daily substitute rate of $90 per day; Angela Butler of Everettt was added to the teacher substitute list pending certification; and the board accepted the retirement of Donna Brant effective June 30, 2012.

Other agenda items approved included: sale of 21 Apple Airport wireless access points that have been replaced with a new managed wireless network; the high school and elementary handbook updates; a list of old/damaged/unused library books to be discarded; the revised 815 Internet Use policy; a used library and textbook book sale in July; and the board approved a request from Ryan Wade for a formal band camp to be held July 23-27. Students will then participate in the Ben K run and the Wells Tannery Homecoming on July 28.

The board approved Option #3 of the K-4 program after a presentation from elementary school Principal Paul Swope. That motion passed on an 8-1 vote with Karen Peffer voting no.

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