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6/18/2013 12:41:00 PM
Hayfield/Brownsdale School Board Some staff cut to less than 30 hours

By Tara Lindquist

The Hayfield School Board, during their meeting on Monday, June 10, made the decision to cut back twenty paraprofessionals and two part-time secretaries to less than 30 hours a week due to the Affordable Healthcare Act, often called Obamacare, going into effect. Under the new law, employers with fifty employees or more are required to provide their employees with affordable health care coverage that does not exceed 9.5% of their gross income. Superintendent Ron Evjen laid out four options for the school board to consider.

The first was to not provide insurance to the paraprofessionals and two secretaries and to pay the fine, which would cost the district $132,000 per year. The second option was to pay for the healthcare of those employees which would cost the district $157,000 per year.

The third option was to cut back their hours to less than thirty hours per week and give them a $1.00 an hour wage increase to help offset the loss of wages they will experience.

The fourth option to was to cut their hours to less than thirty per week and not give them the wage increase.

"Unfortunately we can't raise our rates for education to help offset the cost of providing them with insurance," explained Evjen. " We don't have the money in the budget to pay the fine or for the added health care cost." The board approved option three and cut the hours of the paraprofessionals and the two secretaries and gave them a dollar an hour raise.

Under the personnel agenda, the board voted 6-1 to not renew the contract of the Athletic Director Cory Wagner. The board had no discussion on this decision, after the meeting Evjen said Wagner was an at-will employee with a year-to-year contract. "The decision was based on performance," he said.

The board approved contract renewals for Rose Srock, John Howe, Kris Streightiff and Judy Garness. They approved the hiring of Kellie Baker for head cross country coach, Katelyn Hendrickson as junior varsity volleyball coach, Sarah Gunderson as C squad volleyball coach and Molly Heydt as the 7th grade volleyball coach.

The board also approved the contract between Dodge County and Hayfield schools to provide a school resource officer for two and a half days per week. The cost for the year is $11,742, which is the same cost that it was been for the past three years.

Other items on the agenda included the payment of the bills, filling the school board vacancy by appointment of Kent Steiner and the approval of the transportation contract with Illinois Central School Bus.

The board will meet again on Monday July, 8, at 7 pm in the Hayfield High School Library.

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