North Platte Public School Supt. Todd Rhodes will receive a 2.9% pay increase in 2024-25, following approval by the board of education Monday.

The vote to approve was 4-1, with Angela Blaesi voting no. Cindy O’Connor was absent.

The school district’s Finance Director Stuart Simpson told the Bulletin that the contracted salary was $238,000 in 2023-24 and it would increase to $240,500, a 1.05% increase. Per state statute, the district also pays FICA, retirement, health care, and other benefits as part of the total compensation, bringing the total increase to 2.9%.

The entire contract is available at https://meeting.sparqdata.com/Public/Agenda/124?meeting=621428.

Before the vote, Board member Matt Pederson reminded the public that the board spent several months discussing the contract amongst themselves and with Rhodes.

Blaesi said the board needs to be fiscally responsible with tax money and realize that more money does not have to go out yearly.

President JoAnn Lundgreen thanked Rhodes for his hard work in the district.

The school board previously approved a 3.21% pay increase for teachers at the January board meeting.

Eisenhower improvements

Also, the board unanimously approved the bids to update the HVAC system at Eisenhower Elementary. The district received bids to replace six HVAC units in Eisenhower. This replacements include electrical, plumbing, demolition, windows, and control updates.

Funds for the project come from the general fund, as well as ESSERS III (a federal grant for Covid relief), and the district’s building fund. Simpson said $56,270 will come from the general fund, and $287,152 will come from the building fund. The remaining $1.32 million will come from ESSERS III.

He said the remaining ESSERS III money must be spent by September per federal requirements, so the project needs to stay on track so that bills can be paid before the cut-off date for ESSERS III reimbursement. 

In other business, the board:

  • Approved the minutes of the January regular board meeting and the committee of the meeting. 
  • Approved three teaching contracts, one administrative contract, and five resignations.
  • Approved the financial claims report, which were reviewed by Blaesi and O’Connor.
  • Received the monthly financial report. Simpson said that cash flow income was up this month due to receiving the state apportionment early, and special education money that arrived. He said he will report on the special education money in May. Simpson also said the bids for nutrition services will begin this week, and he would bring those to the board in April for approval. The district must seek new nutritional service bids every five years, according to state statute. 
  • Plans to pay close attention to the legislature in the next few weeks to see which of the 100 education-related bills make it to the legislative floor. 
  • Approved membership renewal to the Nebraska Association of School Boards. If paid by April 1, the total cost will be $7,633, a 2% discount in the annual membership dues. 
  • Approved a correction to the date of the letter requesting approval of the North Platte Para Educator Association as the recognized bargaining agent for teacher’s aides.
  • Approved the efforts of the Committee on American Civics to meet Nebraska statute requirements.

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