GFW board OKs new superintendent contract

WINTHROP – The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (GFW) School Board approved a three-year superintendent contract with Tami Martin on Monday.

Martin will receive $105,000 the first year and 1 percent salary increases in each of the next two years. She will receive fully-paid family health insurance, $100,000 life insurance, 20 annual vacation days initially and a $2,000 a year 403b pension match. After 10 years of superintendent service, she would qualify for a longevity payment. Her mileage expenses would be reimbursed at the IRS rate.

Superintendent Jeff Bertrang said the elementary school-wide Gibbon Cleanup Day included students cleaning up the softball, baseball and city parks, areas around the railroad tracks, football field. They also planted trees in the park and flowers around the library.

“Our kids were great, chipping in where asked,” Bertrang wrote in his board report.

Bertrang said he expects to learn the status of the district’s Q-Comp (teacher bonus pay) application from the Minnesota Department of Education in mid-June.

Bertrang said the district’s 2013-14 approved school calendar maintains 175 student contact days and 10 staff development days. He said the Q-Comp application requires schools to dedicate more professional development time to Professional Learning Communities (PLC), which will be provided by monthly early dismissals.

The board discussed the status of board member Greg Wickenhauser who is moving to a part of the school district represented by another board member. Wickenhauser will vacate the board as of July 1. His open seat will go through the school board vacancy posting process.

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