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Superintendent gets new contract

The WUESD board agreed to extend contacts and give raises to its top administrators, and moved forward in negotiations with unionized teachers and staff, at its meeting Tuesday night.

The Wasco Union Elementary School District renewed its contract with Superintendent Kelly Richers to the end of the 2021 school year. His salary will increase from $165,100 to $172,166 beginning July 1, 2020

In addition to reemploying the superintendent, the board also renewed Assistant Superintendent J. Bradley Maberry's contract through June 30, 2021, with an increase from $137,591 to $142,083 in July 2020.

Assistant Superintendent David Bowling also got a renewal and raise, from $137,591 to $142,083 effective the same date.

The board also will hold the line on some benefits with California School Employees for 2019-2020 school year. The WUESD and CSEA both agreed that the salary schedule for 2019-2020 would be adjusted and increased effective July 1, 2019, with amounts still to be determined as negotiations begin

The district and the union also both agreed the district would contribute the same amount for medical, prescription drugs, dental and vision insurance as it contributed in 2018-2019. Any increase in the monthly plans will be paid for by the employees.

In other business:

[BOX] The WUESD will eliminate the migrant outreach aide position due to migrant funding being reduced.

[BOX] The board agreed to change orders for the Maintenance Operations and Transportation site and James Forrest Elementary School site. The change orders for the MOT building site are $54,870; Forrest School changes totaled $4,468.88.

[BOX] Thomas Jefferson History Teacher David Vaughn shared with the board a few of the students' History Day competition exhibit boards and announced that seventh-grader Madison Martinez was named Champion for her individual exhibit, "Sacajawea: Shoshone Interpreter." Madison will attend the state competition in Rocklin May 10.

He also announced that seventh-grader Emilee Garza received honorable mention for her individual performance for "Sojourner Truth – Her Tragedy, Her Triumphs."

Vaughn then shared a slide presentation created by eighth-grade students Alexis Garcia, Nadia Ornalas and Lily Valdez, "Vietnam at Home."


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