Pack’s contract renewed at Re-2 board meeting
RIFLE – Gary Pack, superintendent of Garfield School District Re-2, got some good news at Tuesday evening’s school board meeting: Pack’s contract was renewed for the 2003-04 school year.Pack received approval from the board to continue his superintendent’s job with the same salary and benefits as his 2002-03 contract. According to Theresa Hamilton, the salary freeze is in keeping with a districtwide freeze on all salaries, except for raises teachers receive for advanced education credits. Prior to the meeting, which was held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Re-2’s new board room at the district’s administration building, board members attended a workshop to review the district’s general operating budget. The budget, which totals $69.4 million for the 2003-04 school year, received final approved later during the meeting. The district’s largest expenditures for the coming year include salaries at $14.3 million and $17.3 million in capital outlay. On the agenda was a discussion of the community use of school facilities.”That discussion was in response to new buildings and renovation construction throughout the district,” said Theresa Hamilton, “We certainly encourage community use of our facilities, so we’re just looking at improving the way we manage that.”The district is especially anticipating increased public use of Highland Elementary School, Re-2’s brand new facility that has ample classrooms and a state-of-the-art theater, Hamilton said. The district wants to have a policy in place so staff will know what groups are using district school buildings at all times. In addition, the board reviewed Re-2’s proposed code of conduct.”With improvements and our new schools, we’re moving towards a district-level code of conduct,” said Hamilton. That means consistency, from administration management to curriculum. Hamilton said one significant change at the district is to refer to student conduct in a more positive light. “We want to focus on positive expectations instead of negative ones,” she said.The first reading of the new code will be at the school board’s next meeting on July 15. Also at the meeting:-Several district employees were hired including Jay Day, health clerk at Highland Elementary School; Chad Harberd, sixth- and seventh-grade literacy staff member at Rifle Middle School; Kristy Evans, paraprofessional at Rifle High School; and Zach LaCount, custodian at Rifle High School. -The board approved the final contract change order for FCI Contractors for the staff development center.-The board approved the contract agreement with Grand Mesa Mechanical for mechanical upgrades to the staff development center, Roy Moore Elementary in Silt and Riverside School in New Castle. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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