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THE TRIBUNE-P HONOGRAPH PUBLISHED IN ABBOTSFORD THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 1970
Salaries set at Abbotsford
The Abbotsford School Board set a salary schedule for teachers and conducted several other items of business at their regular monthly meeting Monday night.
The schedule offers a base salary for beginning teachers with a bachelors degree of $7,000. There are 11 1/2 steps for experience in $250 increments, for a top salary of $9,625 for teachers with bachelors degrees.
For teachers with a B.S. degree and 15 extra credits, the base is $7,150 with a top of $9,775. Teachers with masters degrees start at $7,400, with a top of $10,025.
The schedule also calls for payment of full hospitalization insurance for heads of households, and single coverage for the rest. Insurance rates were frozen at the present level.
The vote was five members supporting the schedule, Marvin Busse, Eugene Blair, Clem Ogurek, L.F. Loucks and Art Weideman.
Jack Nikolay voted against the schedule, and Clarence Nelson abstained.
The schedule was approved by the board after two alternate proposals were made by Mr. Nikolay. Mr. Nikolay suggested deleting all masters contracts with the teachers next year, and then deleting the salary schedule, proposing that salary schedules be set on an individual basis.
Both suggestions were placed in the form of notions, which died for lack of a second. These salary contract terms had previously been proposed by the board in negotiating sessions with the Abbotsford Education Association and were approved by a vote of teachers.
THE TRIBUNE-P HONOGRAPH PUBLISHED IN ABBOTSFORD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 1990
Abby board nixes consolidation talks
The Abbotsford School Board this week officially declined a offer from the Colby School Board to discuss the possibility of consolidating their two school districts.
The board did direct the administration to continue a cooperative relationship with the Colby district focused on sharing specialized academic classes and some sports programs. Tax rates, debt load, local control, summer school, swimming pool instruction and the potential for future “distance learning” were among the reasons cited for declining the suggestion from the Colby board to discuss consolidation.
“We have a good summer school program, and Colby had one up to this point. Our kids have their swimming cards in sixth grade, and Colby can’t give their students the same time in the pool that we can. We should continue to cooperate when we can, and certainly don’t put a wall between the districts. But what I hear from people is that they are happy with the programs in Abbotsford,” said Jim Melvin.
Jim York said he had received similar feedback from district residents, and said busing with a consolidated district could be “a nightmare.” York also noted if the district merged there would be more competition for sports teams and some students would be deprived of the opportunity compete.
“Long term, I see no benefit in it for our students,” added John Resech.
The board voted unanimously to decline the consolidation talk offer.