Bethel board discusses contract, construction

BETHEL TWP. — At their meeting Monday night, the Bethel school board adopted a new grading scale and discussed construction and the contract with the teachers’ union.

The board did not hold a vote on a contract with the Bethel Education Association, Monday night, but did meet in executive session to discuss negotiations.

“We are still in the midst of negotiations with the BEA. We have been meeting on a continual basis and we have been making progress and are excited about some of the possibilities that are ahead of us,” Superintendent Ginny Potter.

The Aug. 14 meeting was the last regular board meeting scheduled before school starts on Sept. 5. The board called special meetings on Aug. 10 and 13 where they met in executive session to discuss negotiations. They will have a work session at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24.

A statement from the BEA received earlier this month said that negotiators have not reached an agreement on how to recognize professional experience.

The new grading scale sets the A range between 90-100 percent; B, 80-89 percent; C, 70-79 percent; D, 60-69 percent; and F, 59 percent and below. The grading scale applies to grades three through 12.

According to the district’s owner’s representative Joe Harkleroad, crews are just checking off final items for the high school addition.

“We’re taking care of some last minute punch list items,” he said. “We’re getting ready to occupy.”

Potter said that the building is set to be turned over to the schools on Aug. 23. Harkleroad added that the turn over is on schedule.

The new middle school offices “making good progress” and will be complete by end of year, Harkleroad said. He added that crews have been asked to accelerate work on the classroom conversions in the middle school building, including the two classrooms being created in the old library.

Work on the elementary school office and clinic is nearly complete, he said.

By Cecilia Fox


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