1 The Pierre School Board and the district’s teachers have reached a tentative agreement on teacher contracts for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins July 1. District Superintendent Kelly Glodt made the announcement during the board’s April regular meeting. He said both the board representatives and teachers were able to reach an agreement in one meeting for the 11th year running. A sign, Glodt said, of the close cooperation between the district’s teachers and the board.

“I don’t think people realize how fortunate we are,” Glodt said of the quick contract negotiations.

The district’s teachers still need to give their final approval to the tentative agreement, Glodt said. If that occurs, the board will schedule a special meeting to give it’s approval of the agreement, he said. More details on the contract were not available Monday.

2 There will be no increase in the cost of health insurance for Pierre School District employees when the next fiscal year begins July 1.

District Business manager Darla Mayer made the announcement Monday. The district uses the South Dakota health plan run by the Associated School Boards of South Dakota. Between the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years, the Pierre School Board was forced to spend a little over $612,000 to help cover a large deficit in the health plan. Since then, and thanks to a few other changes, Mayer said, the plan has become more stable.

One such change taking place this year is a reduction in the number of health plans district employees will have to pick from. In the past the district has offered five plans, next year it will offer three. The first has a $1,500 deductible and a $25 copay, the second plan has a $2,500 deductible and a $25 copay, while the third plan has a $3,500 deductible and a $25 copay.

3 Georgia Morse Middle School’s gym floor will be replaced at a cost of $142,900.

The new floor will be made of wood which, as it turns out, was the least expensive option and is expected to last about 75 years with proper maintenance, district business manager Darla Mayer said. Mitchell-based Puetz Corporation submitted the lowest of four bids made on the project.

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