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Cannelton teachers get incentive-grant bonuses

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12 educators get total of $18,607

By KEVIN KOELLING

Managing Editor

CANNELTON – Cannelton School Board members approved at a regular meeting June 13 incentive pay for 12 of its teachers and some personnel actions.

A Title 2 Teacher Incentive Grant totaling $18,607 was authorized for the city’s school system for the 2012-13 school year, Schools Superintendent Alva Sibbitt reported. Eleven of the teachers will get $1,380, paid in installments this month and in August.

Those teachers are Bridget Bruggeman, Michelle Coleman, Alicia Conner, Adam Figg, Eric Harris, Dayna Hinton, Brian Garrett, Michelle Garrett, Lisa Grose, Lora Melton and Margaret Weatherholt.

Janie Barnett also qualified for the incentive, but was to receive $620 because “she only teaches three period per day, so it’s prorated,” Sibbitt said.

He and Principal Roger Fisher had gone through all of the evaluations for the teachers receiving the bonuses, Sibbitt said. According to information posted at the state Education Department, evaluations are based on teacher effectiveness, which accounts for half to three-quarters of a rating, and student learning, whose three components account for 5 to 35 percent of a rating. 

Board members were permitted to see teacher rankings during an executive session, Sibbitt said.

“There were some teachers who were not eligible,” he also said, specifying Joan Goble, who is retiring.

“This is to reward teachers who are coming back,” he said. 

Of the grant total, all but $4 would be paid, including retirement and Federal Insurance Contributions Act payments.

“That’s about as close as I can get,” the superintendent said. “We’re going to pay them half of it June 15 and the other half when they come back on Aug. 15. If somebody doesn’t come back, they don’t get the second half.”

Personnel actions

In personnel business, Sibbitt informed the board he accepted May 22 the resignation of Brian Garrett as girls varsity softball coach effective immediately. Based on a recommendation from Garrett, who is also the school’s athletic director, Sibbitt urged and the board approved the employment of Ashley Chapman in that role for 2013-14.

“Also, I think we’re going to have enough girls next year to have a (junior-varsity) team,” he continued. “The coach thinks we’re going to have, possibly 14 or 15 girls, which would be enough to have both a varsity and a JV.

The board also approved the employment of Dale Putnam as a school-bus driver at $55 a day next year. 

“Last year he made $50,” Sibbitt said. “I’m trying to keep his daily rate competitive with what our neighbors here at Tell City pay, and they pay $57.60 a day.”

Only one complaint about Putnam was received in the last year, Sibbitt said, and it was attributable to a misunderstanding. 

“That’s unusual, not to have complaints on a bus driver,” he added.