District 518 considering retention bonuses and hiring incentives – The Globe
WORTHINGTON — After approving hiring incentives for a handful of hard-to-fill positions, the District 518 School Board on Tuesday considered incentives for other positions, including retention bonuses for those already employed by the district. .
Superintendent John Landgaard offered a list of potential recruiting and retention opportunities and sought direction from the board.
“Some of them might interest you; some of them you can’t,” he said. “Or, you may have other ideas.”
The board elected to continue discussions within its two committees and then bring it back to the full board for discussion and possible approval at a later date.
Possibilities include a recruiting stipend to help fill positions, signing bonuses for other positions, retention payments for specific areas like special education, or payment for tuition, moving expenses or student loans. Bonuses based on perfect attendance for a semester are also an option.
An extremely tentative idea for staff retention bonuses could mean up to $2,000 for school staff, which would not be part of an annual salary and would require staff to qualify there to receive it . According to the idea of the project, the bonus would be based on years of service in the district, starting with those who had worked at least five, and it would not be part of contract negotiations.
“That’s one we need to have a lot of conversation (about) before you go down that road,” Landgaard told the board.
The district is also considering potential bonuses for hourly staff who continue their education — for example, a paraprofessional seeking a degree to become a special education teacher.
“All of our positions are getting about 85% fewer applicants for positions in the district, unlike 10 years ago when we were getting almost too many applications for positions,” Landgaard wrote on the list of retention and development ideas. recruitment. “This is a trend that is not exclusive to education. Many factors play a role in the candidate pool and in order to attract quality candidates, a different approach may be warranted.
During the meeting, Landgaard said other schools have started using enrollment incentives.
School board member Brad Shaffer noted that the business world has been doing this for quite some time.
Construction projects can cost more
During the meeting, several school board members expressed concern about the price of two District 518 projects – the renovation and addition to the administration building and storage facility.
The cost of the storage facility is now estimated at $735,000, a significant increase in price, only part of which comes from building expansion plans. The cost of construction has gone up, and the cost of materials has gone up as well, Landgaard said.
“I think we need to look at other avenues,” said school board member Tom Prins.
“If the offers are too high, we can reject them and try another route,” Shaffer noted.
Landgaard said he would investigate other options for the building; one possibility would be to get a metal building instead.
The estimated cost of renovating the administration building has also increased from $2.2 million to $2.3 to $2.4 million.
Prins expressed concern about rising costs and said he felt expenses had become too high.
“I think we need to see more details about what’s in the building and what’s going on there,” he said.
“At this point, they’re looking at the floor plan and its layout,” said school board member Steve Schnieder. “…I’d like to see more too, Tom, and I think that’s coming.”
Schnieder said he hopes to see more information at upcoming board committee meetings in February.
In other news Tuesday, the school board:
- Voted 4-3 to approve a school day for the 2022-2023 school year from 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. for Prairie Elementary and Worthington High School, from 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for Intermediate School and Worthington Middle Scolaire, from 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Learning Center and from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for preschool. Approval depends on agreement with the bus company.
- Expulsion of a student approved unanimously.
- Voted 4-3 to change its now-dormant federal policy on vaccinating or testing and masking for COVID-19, which did not go into effect due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling more early this month. The changes were added to make the policy usable if the federal or state government enforces its mandate; without this application, the policy remains inactive and does not come into effect.
- Agreed to oversee and manage Cable 3, which was done by the City of Worthington. The channel is paid for through cable franchise fees and has one employee.
- Approved the resignations of Tanner Gunnink as assistant high school softball coach (Team B) and Nancy Landeros as cultural liaison with community education, as well as the retirement of Rose Weitgenant as secretary with community education.
- Approved the employment of Brian Bau as Night School Teacher at The Learning Center, Andrea Duarte as Night School Teacher at The Learning Center, Liliana Perez Ramirez as Family Liaison with Community Education, Maribel Solis, Lizette Castillo-Luna, Yaritza Madrigal and Michelle Rangel as Paraprofessionals, Julie Bauman as LEAP Teacher at Prairie Elementary, Jaime Freed as Focused Services Teacher at Prairie Elementary, April Kalscheuer as Education Teacher ABS Specialist at Prairie Elementary and Nancy Landeros as Success and Inclusion Coordinator with Community Education.
- Donations approved from WAMBO and Worthington Optimists for the band’s upcoming trip to Texas and Rickers Photography for the photo commission.
- Approval of two employee requests for sick leave due to pregnancy.