CANTON, Mo. -- Certified and classified employees in the Canton R-5 School District will be getting heftier paychecks once the 2019-20 fiscal year begins.
The Canton School Board agreed at its May meeting to bump up the base salary for all teachers by $500. Certified staff also will receive additional raises built into the salary schedule based on their years of experience and educational levels.
In addition, the board agreed to give all classified employees a 2 percent raise. Superintendent Jesse Uhlmeyer said all new classified employees -- as of Jan. 1, 2019 -- will be transitioned to the classified employee salary schedule.
The board also agreed to give $1,000 raises to building principals and the superintendent.
The board extended extra-duty contracts to all current sponsors and coaches.
In other action, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the city of Canton to share in the cost of providing a school resource officer in local schools starting in August. The officer will be an employee of the Canton Police Department.
The board learned that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has classified the Canton R-5 School District as "accredited" under the Missouri School Improvement Program 5 guidelines.
The board recognized five students who qualified to attend the Future Business Leaders of America's national convention June 29-July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. They are Laken Hugenberg, Lauren Frazier, Aubrey Bliss, Sue Sutton and Dalton Berhorst.
The board also:
º Agreed to explore a policy that would allow Canton students to take part in online dual enrollment courses.
º Heard an update about restroom renovations and the construction of an enclosed walkway between the high school and the large gymnasium.
º Awarded a $77,151 contract to W.L. Miller Co. for an asphalt replacement project; a $45,958 contract to Cam-Dex Security Corp. for a security camera project; and a $10,438 contract to Zanger and Derhake for a sanitation sewer replacement project.
º Accepted the resignation of Kristy Durst as daycare director.
º Hired Kayla Wentz as a 5th-6th grade math teacher; Helen Rothfuss as a K-6th grade music teacher; and Jessica Sommers as a 9th-12th grade math teacher.