CCR-1 Board Discusses Future Of Career Ladder Program
By Mike Scott
Fifty-nine teachers in the Clark County R-1 District participated in the Career Ladder program in 2009-10, putting in a total of 7559.25 non contract hours, according CCR-1 Career Ladder committee members Donna Flood and Kay Sprague. The two teachers presented the Career Ladder Program report to the CCR-1 School Board at their monthly meeting, held Thursday, May 13.
The Career Ladder program provides financial incentives for teachers to take on extra activities not required by their contracts. The following breakdown of activities and hours was given to the board members:
Parent Contact-950.75 hours
Student Tutoring-2327.75 hours
Other Student Contact-616.5 hours
Curriculum Development-1550.5 hours
Professional Development-894.25 hours
Other Instructional-821.25 hours
All other- 373 hours
Teachers with 6-7 years experience, and at least five years in Missouri, can participate in Stage 1, and earn up to $1500. To do so, they must put in at least 60 hours in Career Ladder activities.
Teachers with 8-10 years can earn an extra $3000 putting in 90 hours in Stage 2. Stage 3 will paid $5000, and participating steachers with 11 plus year of experience had to put in 120 hours.
In 2009-10, CCC-1 had 9 teachers on stage 1, 13 on Stage 2, and 37 on Stage 3.
Because of the Missouri’s current budget situation, state legislators have voted to cut the state funding for the program. For Clark County, the state’s share of the program was $134,000, while the CCR-1 district contributed $104,000.
“We get a tremendous benefit for our students from this program,” said Superintendent Ritchie Kracht.
So where will the program go from here?
The district has decided to continue to fund it’s share of the program, but the structure of the program will undoubtedly change.
“It we are funding only 40 percent, will the hours required be only 40 percent?” asked board president Brad Sprague.
The district’s four principals, Jason Harper, Jason Church, Julie Brotherton and Ryan Bergeson, agreed that they would like to see the hours spread over the school year rather than during a summer session.
The committee will meet with its members and bring a proposal on how to continue to the June board meeting.
Kracht presented board members with a “financial snapshot” of the past 5 years. In 2005, the district’s revenues were $6,839,352, and expenses were $7,098,983. In 2008, revenues were $6,914,440, while expenditures were $6,923,128. In 2007, the first year of the state’s new funding formula, revenues rose to $7,241,869, and expenses were $7,247,627. In 2008, revenue increased to $7,530,332, and expenses were $7,935,574. In 2008, a local tax reassessment increased the district’s revenues, and major expenses included electrical upgrades at both elementary building and a boiler repairs at the middle school.
In 2009, revenue again jumped to $7,953,462, and expenses were $7,892,389. In that year, the former Wyaconda C-1 district was added into Clark County R-1.
The board toured the William Dunning home, which was this year’s Building Trades project. The home provided students to work in many construction phases, from framing to hanging sheet rock to finish work inside. Board members were very impressed with the quality of the work completed on the project.
In other business, the board
–Approved an overnight trip to the State Golf meet.
–Approved an overnight trip to the State Track meet, in any athletes qualify
–Approved an art club trip
–Approved continuing with the same employee health insurance options. The cost increased 10.6 percent, or approximately $66,000.
–Approved an Architect Contract with Klinger and Associates to design the projects funded by the $4 million dollar bond approved in April.