Source: The Corydon Democrat

SH adjusts transportation director's salary

by Alan Stewart

March 11, 2014

After a lengthy discussion on the matter, the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees voted March 4 at Heth-Washington Elementary School that the salary for transportation director Steve Duley will be increased by $2,000 a year until it is back to a level it was several years ago under former director Sam Day.

As part of the motion made by Shelly Romero and seconded by Larry Hauswald, the measure will be revisited on a yearly basis to make sure money is available and goes into effect July 1. The only trustee to vote against the measure was Joyce Bliss, who said she believed Duley’s salary should be increased $2,000 a year for four years with no review.

The original compensation adjustment recommendation was for Duley to receive a $9,000 raise. The item was pulled for discussion, with the incremental adjustment getting the nod.

South Harrison Supt. Dr. Neyland Clark said Duley has taken on additional job responsibilities and his current salary is not equitable to other transportation directors in the region.

In another matter, bids were opened for a roofing project over the gymnasium and cafeteria at Corydon Elementary School. Bids were received from four companies, with a low bid of $131,925 from Highland Roofing and a high bid of $149,562 from RSS Roofing, and two others in between. The bids will be reviewed and awarded to the lowest and best bidder.

Bids also were opened for new laptops as part of the one-to-one laptop program at South Harrison. The current class of seniors was the first in the corporation to use a corporation-purchased laptop all four years of high school. The initiative is being extended to students in grades 6 through 8 for next year; however, students in those grades will not be allowed to take the laptops home as high school students do.

Bids for the machines, which were required to meet certain specifications and will be tested prior to purchase to make sure they operate on the system at South Harrison, ranged from as low as $599 for the computer with a $199 four-year protection plan to $939.20 for the computer and a $147 four-year protection plan. As with the roofing quotes, bids will be reviewed and awarded to the lowest and best bidder.

Prior to the actions by the board, HWES Principal Nissa Ellett had two instructors give brief demonstrations with students about early childhood instruction. In the first demonstration, a boy who just recently turned 4 showed how he could count shapes and determine if one line of shapes had the same number of items as a second line of shapes and identified their colors. In the second demonstration, a 5-year-old girl read from a book that was at a fifth-grade reading level, and she was able to identify numerous types of toy dinosaurs.

“We are helping provide cornerstones for their educational careers,” Ellett said.