When: Lampeter-Strasburg school board meeting, March 21, in person and via audio streaming on YouTube.
What happened: The board approved setting salary increases for the 2022-23 school year for administrative and support staff at 3% or 3.5% for those receiving a distinguished appraisal.
Why it matters: The new minimum hourly rates for any support staff position start at $15. Support staff can receive raises of up to 5% depending on whether they fall within the ranges of their employee categories. Superintendent Kevin Peart commented that 3% is the average increase for teachers for next year according to their collective agreement.
Quoteable: “No position is more important than any other position and (we try) to be fair in that regard, and we’ve been doing that for 11 years,” Peart said.
Lampeter Primary School: Principal Michele Westphal spoke to the board about the learning environment for K-2 students at Lampeter Elementary. The school also houses a pre-K Counts program for 13 children aged three and four. In partnership with Owl Hill Learning Center, Lampeter Elementary is accepting registrations for next year’s program, which Westphal hopes will have 20 students in a full-day program. (The full day for this age is five hours). Next year, the district plans to send iPads home to meet learning goals and to teach students how to best use the devices. She noted that teachers are starting to see K-2 students carrying other devices like cell phones. Fortunately, Westphal said, kids this age are embracing school.
Quoteable: “No matter what we do or what happens, they love coming to school every day.”
As well: The board approved its share of the 2022-23 budget for Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13. Boards in the 22 school districts served by IU13 must approve two parts of its general operating budget: the core services program instructional media, which together make up about $2 million of the overall $200 million budget.