Ardmore City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved raises for administrators during a regular meeting Thursday.


Ardmore City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved raises for administrators during a regular meeting Thursday.

 

Administrators employed prior to July 2010 will receive a 2-percent increase, while those employed after June 2011 will receive a 1-percent increase.

 

The raise does not include the superintendent, new hires or daily rate adjustments.

 

According to Superintendent Sonny Bates, the district’s administrators have not received a raise since 2010, when budget issues resulted in a reduction of force.

 

“Last year, I didn’t give them anything, but I had just gotten here,” Bates said.

 

The raises will cost the district $218,000. Considering an over $3.6 million carryover and analysis of future projections, Bates said he is confident the district can sustain the raises even if there are some tough budget years ahead.

 

“If we give this, we will be able to survive,” Bates said.

 

In other business, Trigon General Contractors and Construction was hired to begin preparation for possible construction in the district. The company will take the analysis from the committees that met in the spring and develop numbers and test the feasibility of the ideas.

 

The company would continue working with the district through a project in the event that a bond issue passes.

 

“It’s going to come together,” Bates said.

 

Bates, former Wagoner superintendent, said he worked with Trigon on a bond project in Wagoner, and ended up being $820,000 under budget.

 

New hires included Kara Wendel, who will be the part-time assistant principal at Charles Evans Elementary.

 

At Will Rogers Elementary, Donna Blackmon and Jennifer Gillaspy will teach kindergarten and Diana Trammell will teach special education.

 

Margie Blanton will be the Jefferson Elementary nurse.

 

The resignation of Pam Galles, middle school social studies teacher, was approved.

 

The 2012-13 negotiated agreements with the Ardmore Education Association and the Ardmore Support Personnel Organization were also approved.