Danedri Thompson
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After an hour in executive session, school board members approved teacher contracts for the 2012-2013 school year. The majority, or 94 percent, of members of the Gardner Edgerton Teacher’s Association agreed to the contract’s terms on Aug. 15.
The Gardner News requested a copy of the negotiated contract, but had not received it by press time.
According to a memo supplied to members of the school board, teacher salaries for 2012-2013 remain the same as last  year’s contract.
In addition, to teacher contracts, board members also approved supplemental contracts, classified compensation contracts, and administrator compensation contracts.
The Gardner News requested a copy of those contracts, but had not received them by press time.
School employees should receive copies of their contracts by the end of September.
In other business, board members:
• approved a budget for the 2012-2013 school year. The published budget maintains last year’s mill levy rate. However, the rate, which is based on property values, could change when assessed property valuations are finalized.
According to a memo to school board members, district officials have instructed the county clerk’s office that no mill levy listed in the publish budget can be increased.
• approved a $40,393 contract with Sirius Computer Solutions for core networking technologies.
• Heard a presentation about the Gardner Edgerton High School track and field team.
•Heard a presentation about ongoing construction at the District Athletic Complex. Tom Manning, the general contractor for the project, assured board members that the football stadium will be ready for the first game of the season on Aug. 31.
Mark Grannell said the target completion date on the project had moved from Aug. 16 to just before the first game. He asked what confidence school officials could have that other projects, including new middle and elementary schools will be finished on schedule.
“I don’t actually know where the 16th came from,” Manning said. “We are actually ahead of schedule.”
Manning said contractors had initially asked that graduation ceremonies, which took place last May in the stadium, be moved to the gymnasium so work could start sooner.
“We’ve felt all along they could make it work,” Gary Diener, district director of operations. “And they are going to make it work, but it’s been tough.”