At the Mexico Board of Education meeting, decisions were made about pay for teachers and administrators.
The base pay will increase for first year certified teachers with a bachelor’s degree from $33,300 to $34,500. The salary increases per year of experience as well as by degree. A first year teacher in the district would begin at $37,500. In the last 10 years of service there will be a $600 vertical.
The district will continue to pay 95% for HSA insurance for staff.
Kerri Ferrari gave a presentation about the Mexico Education Center regarding alternative education. She said the center takes a nontraditional method to education with an individualized approach. In the district there are 30 students, all of whom are considered high risk learners based on mental health, significant trauma or learning disabilities. 26% of the students in the program have previously dropped out of a traditional learning environment.
Ferrari said she hopes to expand the center to allow more opportunities for other struggling students.
Lastly, the school accepted a bid for surveillance systems to be installed at the schools by Sound Solutions for the amount of $167,750. The funds will come from money in the bond. The board also is purchasing a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu from Pearl Motor Company for $18,675.