May 29, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterThe Riverton school board on Tuesday approved a 1 percent salary increase for all employees for the 2014-2015 school year.
The district also will add 1.43 percent to the salary to help offset the increased amount of the Wyoming retirement that will be paid by the employee.
The state now requires employees contribute a total of 2.055 percent to the retirement plan while only .25 percent had to be contributed in the past.
School District 25 business manager Mike Collins said the base salary this year was about $44,750 while next year it will be about $45,800.
"We wanted to give ourselves enough time to know that we could move forward with this financial commitment," said superintendent Terry Snyder, referring to the budget planning the district made before presenting the increase.
"We believe that we have enough safety zone within our budget for next year to be able to provide this one percent and then make that adjustment with 1.43 percent from them."
On other agenda items the board approved a new toxicology course at Riverton High School. The instructor will be new science teacher Claudia Troxel. As stated in the proposal the course would "study the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms."
The class would integrate areas of science including biology, chemistry, and anatomy. No textbooks will be needed other than online and library sources. Students also can tie the class other sciences classes where applicable.
The school board gave approval to the district to award the lease proposal for three 2015 buses to Hilltop National Bank. Collins told the board there are no cameras on the inside or outside of the diesel buses yet, but they are expected to be installed before the end of this year.
City Plumbing and Heating was awarded the bid, by board approval, for the RHS Wash Fountain replacement project for a cost to the district of about $35,500. Other bidders included Bill Jones and Modern Plumbing.
The board also approved lowest bidder, Nelson Architects, for the high school heating, ventilation and air conditioning project, plus the bus garage renovation and addition project. Nelson Architects provided the lowest bid amount of about $220,000 for the projects.
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