School district ups salary matrix, approves calander


By Brady Extin | For The Times-Post

PENDLETON — South Madison Community School Corp.’s Board of Trustees approved the calendar for the 2023-24 school year, as well as ratifying a one-year contract with South Madison Classroom Teachers’ Association, at its Nov. 3 meeting.

The contract, which will be effective through June 30, 2023, increased the base salary matrix for SMSC employees, among other things.

The salary range for returning full-time teachers for the 2022-23 contract is $43,775 to $73,750, up from $40,025 to $70,000.

Teachers in many instances will earn an additional stipend of $1,135 based on evaluations.

Along with the salary increase, the contract added five parental paid leave days that must be used within the first two months of becoming a parent, as well as combined personal and family illness days into one category.

The full salary matrix, as well as the rest of the contract, can be viewed

The board also set the 2023-24 calendar, with the first day of school for students being Aug. 3. Teacher Organization and Staff Development days are scheduled for Aug. 1-2.

Staff development and e-learning days have once again been built into the calendar for Sept. 1 and Nov. 22.

Fall break (Quarter 1) is scheduled from Oct. 9-13. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 23-24, while Christmas (Quarter 2) break is slated from Dec. 25 to Jan. 5.

School will begin again on Jan. 8, 2024. The school will be closed from March 11-15, unless makeup days are needed. Spring Break (Quarter 3) is March 18-22.

The last student day is scheduled for May 22, and commencement is set to take place on June 2.

At the Nov. 17 meeting, the board approved contract specifications for the 2023-27 bus contract period.

The board will receive negotiable bids up until 10 a.m. Dec. 15. All bids will be opened and read to the public at that time.

The board also approved a $200 cash incentive for substitute teachers who work 12 of the 18 remain-

ing days in Semester 1.

Personnel approvals

The board also approved the following personnel recommendations recently:

  • Administrative resignation of assistant principal John Junco (Pendleton Elementary School)
  • Certified staff resignation of kindergarten teacher Amber Foster (Maple Ridge Elementary School) and social studies teacher Amanda Keegan (Pendleton Heights High School)
  • Certified staff recommendation of social studies teacher Jason Gilman (PHHS)
  • Support staff retirement of head custodian Raymond Oyler (PHHS)
  • Support staff resignations of instructional assistants Jeff Bradley (East Elementary School) and Cassandra Wilson (EES), and study hall assistant Joel Lyons (PHHS), attendance secretary Susan Kane (PHHS), athletic secretary Cordy Bubenzer (Pendleton Heights Middle School), and special education instructional assistant Courtney Bostic (PES)
  • Support staff recommendations of instructional assistants Stacy Bush (EES), Sarah Gall (EES), Holly Carpenter (EES), and Alison York (MRES), intensive behavior instructional assistant Christina West (PHMS), essential skills instructional assistant Michelle Powers (PHMS), and study hall supervisor Robyn Brown (PHMS)
  • Support staff transfers of Suzetta Gillespie from ISR supervisor to front office secretary (PHMS), Hannah Callais from instructional assistant to ISR supervisor (PHMS), and April Carlon from health assistant to attendance secretary (PHHS)
  • Extracurricular activities resignations of head swimming coach Cole Robison (PHMS), seventh-grade softball coach Randy Corn (PHMS), assistant boys track coach Payton Huth (PHHS) and world language department chair Robert Stevens (PHMS)
  • ECA recommendation of varsity girls assistant swimming coach Beth Middleton (PHHS), head swim and dive coach William (Brad) Dixon (PHMS), assistant swim and dive coach Robyn Brown (PHMS), seventh-grade girls softball coach Allison Smith (PHMS)


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