The ISD 318 School Board convened for its regularly scheduled meeting on March 7 at the administration building. Board Chair Ben Hawkins started off the meeting by explaining the negotiations that occurred between the board and the district’s Superintendent, Bruce Thomas.
Hawkins said that fellow board directors Tom Peltier and Pat Medure joined Hawkins in negotiating Thomas’ contract. Hawkins said that the two parties had agreed to a three-year contract. Terms of the contract call for Thomas to receive a 2 percent salary increase for each year. The district reported a $159,642 annual salary for Thomas during the 2014-15 school year. The board voted unanimously to ratify the new contract.
In other business, the board:
• Accepted three custodial replacement hires, two teacher resignations, one secretarial hire, one confidential administrative assistant hire and one secretary retirement.
• Accepted an agreement with Grand Rapids Gymnastics Academy (an independent provider), allowing its participants to letter in the academy’s activities.