By Sheryl Stanley
In the wake of the June 2 Municipal Election which saw the successful passage of two ballot issues for the Harrisonville School District, the R-9 Board of Education met June 16 at the district central office for a work session and a special reorganization meeting.
Harrisonville voters approved both a 50-cent increase to the district’s operating levy and a $22.7 million bond issue which will enable a debt service levy rollback of 10 cents. The total levy for the district is now $5.4772 per $100 assessed valuation and will be reflected in the tax bills that will go out in December.
The board also reviewed and approved new salary schedules for the 2020-21 school year as was promised if the tax levy increase was approved.
Under the new plan, teachers will receive a $2,500 increase to their base salary and an additional $500 for each step of service and rank. All other staff will see a $3,000 annual increase.
Substitute teacher pay will also go up from $86 to $100 per day.
Superintendent Paul Mensching said the new schedules will take effect July 1, although revenue from the increased levy will not be received until January. Until then, the district will use federal funding and budget reserves to cover any short fall.
After the board certified the election results, Cameron Chenoweth, Nancy Shelton and Bing Schimmelpfenning were sworn in to serve three-year terms. This will be Chenoweth’s first term on the board while Shelton and Schimmelpfenning were re-elected.
Tina Graef and Doug Meyer were reelected as president and vice president of the board, respectively.
In a budget work session prior to the meeting, the board heard presentations from Justin Durham and John Brown, representing the architectural firm Hollis+Miller, Kansas City, and reviewed a list of 79 proposed facility upgrades.
Traditionally, a general contractor is hired to oversee a construction project and all the sub-contractors needed to complete the plans. The board, however, voted to use a construction manager-at-risk, who, by state law, can take an even greater role in completing the bond projects, providing preconstruction services and early pricing, better bonding, flexible scheduling and fast-track delivery on specific projects and less financial risk to the district.