School Board Will Consider Positive Recommendation For Timmis’ Performance Pay, Take Another Look at 2015-16 Budget

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Since hiring him in 2013, Dexter Community School district officials continue to indicate that it’s a pleasure working with Superintendent Chris Timmis.

At tonight’s regular DCS Board of Education meeting, the district’s elected officials will consider ratifying a recommendation from the Board Personnel & Negotiations committee. The committee gave the former Adrian Public Schools leader a “highly effective” rating after their last meeting on June 2.

Performance-based pay is built into the employment contract that the district has with Timmis, which was extended last December to June 30, 2018. These standards for paying district officials including, but not limited to the superintendent is part of new public education funding standards passed into law by the State of Michigan in 2012.

The amount that Timmis will receive, if passed by the school board, is a one-time payment of $9,000.

According to documents linked further down at the end of this article, performance pay for Timmis will shift to being based on raw data derived from the improvements in measurable student achievement milestones in subsequent years of the current contract, rather than being determined subjectively by an appointed committee.

In other Dexter Community Schools Board of Education business:

Kristi Shaffer and Amy Olmstead will give a presentation on the Assessment Literacy Initiative, which is intended to promote and increase literacy in the school district’s student population.

Creekside Intermediate special education teacher Amanda Klinkman has decided to cease her employment with the district effective August 15.

She thanked district officials and her now former colleagues for the experiences she received, which she hopes will aid her in future professional endeavors in special education programs in other school districts.

Also, a number of new or amended policies will receive readings by the school board.

Those being read for the second time include changes to the way the district performance evaluates administrators and professional staff. The standards and guidelines for handling this can be read on the Michigan Legislature’s website, while the policy amendments specific to DCS staff are in the seventh document embedded below.

Other policy changes being looked at touch upon privacy protections for both self-funded and fully funded group health plans, prohibitions against discrimination of those with disabilities based on ADA mandates pertaining to staff conduct and facilities, and the handling of exchange students.

Policies on student suicide, bullying and the entrance age are also being second-read. In the case of entrance age, changes to the policy for kindergarteners include the entrance age for 5-year-olds being moved up from October 1 to September 1.

Up for a first read are the hiring standards for professional staff within the district. Changes to this policy (embedded in the eighth document at the end of this page) include allowing the hire of substitute teachers on a day-to-day basis if they have at least 90 hours of college course time in an applicable subject or up to a year for those with a bachelor’s degree, without a teaching certificate.

Building administrators are also no longer allowed to be employed by the district if they do not possess a school administrator’s certificate from the state Department of Education. Also, all teachers in Title 1 programs must now meet “highly qualified” standards, which include a teaching certificate and various levels of education and additional criteria depending on whether or not they’re teaching in an elementary, middle or high school setting.

Those staff members affected by these staffing policies who do not meet the new highly qualified standard will be given a window of opportunity and support from the administration in getting qualified by an as-of-yet undetermined date.

District officials will also discuss the 2015-16 school year budget, projections for which were presented at an earlier board of education meeting.

For more information on the results on this Dexter Community Schools Board of Education meeting, visit WeLoveDexter.com throughout the week.

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