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Retirement benefits top agenda for Janesville School Board

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Frank Schultz
March 11, 2013

— The Janesville School Board has a busy agenda that could make for a long night when it meets Tuesday.

The board canceled its meeting Feb. 27 because of a snowstorm and decided to roll that agenda into Tuesday’s meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin with an hour-long discussion of early-retirement benefits. The board seems determined to change the benefit, which now provides health care insurance after retirement to employees who qualify.

Board members appear interested in plans that do not include health insurance, which has skyrocketed in cost. Any votes on the proposals would come at future meetings.

Representatives of employee groups have been invited to hear the presentation and discussion.

Here’s a rundown of some other high points scheduled for the meeting, which starts 30 minutes earlier than usual:

-- Possible approval to add two new teaching positions to the 2013-14 staffing plan for the Challenge Program for gifted students in grades 3 and 4 at Madison Elementary School.

-- Possible approval of the calendar for the 2013-14 school year.

-- Possible approval to add two contingency teaching positions to the 2013-14 staffing plan to cover anticipated enrollment increases at Rock River Charter School. The teachers would be hired only if the additional enrollments materialize this summer.

-- Possible approval to add 1.6 teaching positions to the 2013-14 staffing plan to expand enrollment in the Janesville Virtual Academy.

-- Presentation of a preliminary 2013-14 instructional staffing plan, a document that details teacher and aide positions and drives the lion’s share of the district budget.

-- A closed meeting to “deliberate or negotiate purchased services” and to discuss and possibly take action on options related to negotiations with district unions for 2013-14.



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