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District Oks Contract With Employees

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved contracts with no cost of living increases for its certified and classified employees at its meeting Monday, Sept. 13.

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved contracts with no cost of living increases for its certified and classified employees at its meeting Monday, Sept. 13.

The employees did receive an increase in the amount the district would contribute for insurance costs, however.

Starting Oct. 1, the district will pay up to a cap of $1,100 per month toward health insurance premiums for employees with policies, up from $1,030 approved in the 2009 contracts.

Both contracts had already been approved by the bargaining associations representing the groups before the board voted on the contracts Monday. Teachers are represented by Dallas Education Association and classified employees are represented by the Dallas chapter of the Oregon School Employees Association.

In other business, the board:

* Heard that the first Dragon Pride Night, held Sept. 7 featuring booths and information about activities, sports and clubs available at the high school, was a success.

The focus of the event was to have each incoming freshman and other students find a club to join. High School Principal Keith Ussery said he didn't have an estimate of how many students and community members attended, but said the event had no shortage of visitors.

"The place was full from the time we opened to the time we closed down," Ussery said.

With a successful first event, the Dallas High School Site Council, which organized the event, will plan another for next year, said site council member Tim Ray. He added that in order to give incoming freshmen more time to plan their schedules, the council will schedule Dragon Pride Night in the spring.

* Recommended awarding a contract to McDonald & Wetle to repair the DHS stadium roof in the amount of $72,864. The estimate includes replacing the roof and structural sheathing on the stadium. The district's budget for re-roofing the stadium is $50,000, but consultant DLR Group recommended that sheathing be added to the roofing project. The repairs would most likely take place this fall, with the contractor working around the fall sports schedule.

DLR estimates that about $209,000 in structural repairs still are needed on the stadium.

* Announced it will be holding its next school board meeting Monday, Sept. 27, at Whitworth Elementary School, 1151 SE Miller Ave. The meeting will begin with a tour of the school at 2:30 p.m., after which the board will meet at 3 p.m.

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