GFW board approves Q-comp ap

FAIRFAX – The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) school board approved the district’s first Q-Comp application and s Gibbon school boiler system court settlement Monday.

Supt. Jeff Bertrang said GFW teachers approved the Q-Comp application last week. It must be sent by Feb. 15, to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Commissioner, who will have 60 days to review, provide feedback and approve or deny the application.

According to the application, Q-Comp payments for leadership positions are $2,500 for site leader, $2,000 peer observer, $750 team leader, $500 advisory council and $300 mentor teacher. (Teacher) performance pay would be up to $1,500 per year.

Other payments are $500 for meeting expectations, $400 for earning satisfactory on peer observations and $300 for meeting SMART goals.

Bertrang said the district will be able to get additional Q-Comp program funding from the local tax levy and state aid.

The board approved a $149,000 lawsuit settlement between the district and MLA Architects, Dolejs Associates, Inc. and insurers regarding boiler issues at the Gibbon school.

Bertrang reported that the settlement will allow the district to move forward on a feasible plan to fix the boiler system. He said on Tuesday that the district has incurred about $70,000 in legal costs including hiring “expert witnesses” in the case, which he said should be considered in light of the settlement amount.

Bertrang said he directed Dashier Management to get boiler engineering study estimates before the board considers further options.

“Based on the results of the study, we may be looking at complete boiler replacement, installing a single, new boiler and keeping a current boiler as a back up, installing a complete hot water system, or other options,” Bertrang reported.

Resignations were accepted from assistant high school football coach Dave Dose and paraprofessional Anita Weir who accepted a Learning Disabilities teaching job at Sleepy Eye Public School.

The board approved hiring junior high softball coach Tamra Kielty, $2,944.35; Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) para Tara Jackson, $11/hour, who has completed an elementary degree and is working on a special education master’s degree; and bus route driver Rachel Vait.

The board also accepted donations of $700 from South Central Grain & Energy/Land O’ Lakes to help the district buy instructional materials and $500 from an anonymous donor for district initiatives.

Bertrang said he invited all area legislators to the January board meeting but was declined because the Legislature was in session. He inquired about Skyping (online, live) discussions with them and got one negative reply.

Bertrang said he would continue to initiate contact and try to find common times to meet legislators. His discussion topic list includes school safety, school calendar and local control.

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