Central Noble raises pay for employees

Article by Kayla Brennan of KPC Media

ALBION — As several local school districts are doing, Central Noble Community Schools hiked pay for bus drivers and other staff Tuesday in an effort to retain employees.

A recommendation to approve increased vocational route driver pay was approved at the school board of trustees meeting from approximately $50 a day, plus mileage, to $75.70 a day, plus mileage.

David Worman, transportation director, said the drivers still have a route and he wanted their pay to match everyone else’s pay. The initial bus driver meeting was this week. The department wanted to give the drivers enough time to learn and adjust their routes if needed. They did make some changes to the routes which Worman says works better.

“The two candidates that we are looking to hire have recently completed their licensing,” Superintendent Troy Gaff added.

The recommendation was approved by the board unanimously.

Another recommendation the board passed on Tuesday was an increase in substitute teacher, teaching staff and long-term teacher pay.

The increase in pay will be as follows: classified staff from $9.45 an hour to $9.50 an hour, teaching staff from $70 a day to $75 a day and long-term teaching staff from $120 a day to $150 a day.

“What I’ve done in the past several weeks is I have contacted other schools in the districts to see how we compare. It’s always a challenge to find substitutes. I’ve found that we were at the bottom end. I recommend that we approve the increase,” Gaff said.

The school system has approximately four or five substitutes that have signed up for the coming year.

In other business, the school board:

• Received notice on Friday that the school name changes were approved by the state. Central Noble recently rebranded Wolf Lake Elementary as Central Noble Primary and Albion Elementary as Central Noble Elementary, following the realignment of those schools. Gaff submitted for quotes for new signs with the changes on them. He also said that the signs may not be installed until after school starts due the approval happening so late.

• Informed citizens that the state approved metal detector wand requests. Central Noble Schools qualifies to obtain up to four wands.

• Received a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Noble County to have portable Automated External Defibrillators. This will buy approximately seven devices.

• Robby Morgan, Central Noble Primary School principal, reported that KiPS began Tuesday with approximately 57 kindergartners in attendance. It will be held at the school instead of the library. New students will see their classrooms and meet some of the teachers.

• Greg Moe, co-principal at Central Noble Jr./Sr. High School, said that fall sports start July 30 and the teams look good for the fall season. All coaching positions are filled.

• Received a new bus and will be getting a mini bus on Monday. The bus drivers got their routes July 10 and by July 13 the routes were adjusted and learned. A letter was sent to families saying what bus students are assigned to and who the bus driver is. The same letter was sent to those who ride a shuttle.