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School Board Ratifies Teachers’ Contract

The Wolf Point School board ratified a three-year collective bargaining contract during a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 21.

The three-year agreement calls for a 6.5 percent base salary increase for the 2022-2023 school, a 2 percent increase for 2023-2024 and a 2 percent increase for 2024-2025. In addition, there will be longevity pay of $1,750 for 20 or more years of service and $1,000 for 15 or more years of service.

Base salary will be $35,148 for 2022-2023, $35,851 for 2023-2024 and $36,568 for 2024-2025.

Trustee Roxanne Gourneau made the motion to approve the contract. The motion was seconded by trustee Keith Higgins and unanimously approved.

Gourneau thanked trustee Lanette Clark for all the work she performed during the collective bargaining process.

The Wolf Point Education Association approved the contract by more than the two-third majority vote required by the union.

Also during the special meeting, the school board approved an agreement between the school district, Wolf Point Education Association and teacher Tressa Welch. The school board met in executive session for about 50 minutes before voting on the matter.

The agreement calls for the school district to remove the letter of reprimand and improvement plan from Welch’s personnel file. The district will not now or in the future relay on the investigation into the complaint filed. The Wolf Point Education Association will dismiss the unfair labor practice charge.

Trustees approved for instructors Amanda Campbell, Leslie Larson, Abigail Traeholt and Cristina Moore to attend an innovative schools summit in New York during February.

The summit will feature conferences on innovative teaching strategies, school discipline, atrisk students and social-emotional learning.

Individuals hired were Dawn Garfield as adult education stained glass instructor, Ellen Sievers as adult education beginning sewing instructor and Elizabeth Zimmer as Southside home/school coordinator.

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