School board briefs: Board member raise revisited

When the school board granted itself a $100 per month raise on Jan. 10, it appears the board didn’t have the authority to do so under current school district policy.

So the board took action to change that.

School board salaries are set through school district policy. Because of that, the school board cannot vote to increase its pay, as it erroneously did on Jan. 10. The board should have made changes to its policy to set a new school board salary, a move it corrected on Jan. 24.

The salary issue also gave member Jim Gibbs an opportunity to voice his opposition to the increases. Noting the tough economy, Gibbs said it was his belief that the timing was wrong for the board to get a raise. He also said he would like to see all the bargaining units come to terms on new contracts before the board accepted a raise.


Additional coach approved

The middle school girls basketball program has an additional coach.

The school board approved the measure after being presented with a request from Sarah Marxhausen, the assistant principal and activities director at Princeton Middle School.

The coach will coach seventh grade basketball where one coach had been supervising 27 girls basketball participants.


In other school board news…

■  The floral horticulture class will be selling Easter plants this year to help offset classroom fees. The fund-raiser will be held March 19-March 30. The class will also sell greenhouse plants grown by students during the month of May to help fund the greenhouse and class supplies. On Valentine’s Day the class will be selling roses and carnations at the school. This major fund-raiser brings an estimated $1,000 into the school horticulture program.

■  The organization “Students Against Destructive Decisions” will be hosting a mock crash on April 15 as a means of educating students about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.