MH School Board approves raises for employees

Employees of the Mountain Home School District will see a raise in pay when the next school year begins. During its regular February session Thursday, the Mountain Home School Board voted to increase the salary schedule for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The one-percent raise will go into effect July 1st.

Some personnel moves were also announced following the executive session. Bridges facilitator Jill Czanstkowski was selected to be the district's new special education director for sixth through 12th grades when the next school year begins. Czanstkowski was hired to succeed Cassy Barnhill who is leaving the district at the end of the year.

In addition, Gwen Benton was hired to the new position of special education director for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Benton will move to Mountain Home after serving as the special education supervisor at Ozarks Unlimited Resource Educational Service Cooperative in Bellefonte.

Leah Cotter will transfer from her current position of federal programs director to become the district's new business manager. Cotter will succeed Ann Harned who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Another employee was recognized as she gets ready to retire. Superintendent Jake Long says he's not sure Mountain Home Junior High teacher and girls' basketball coach Brenda Yancey can be replaced after serving the district for over 30 years, but the district will begin looking for her successor as soon as possible.

In other business, the board approved a memorandum of understanding in its partnership with Arkansas State University-Mountain Home. Several Mountain Home High School students earn credit hours through an agreement with the university who in turn bills the district for the hours, and tuition is reimbursed next year through the state's Secondary Workforce grant or this year by the Mountain Home Education Foundation's Promise Program. In addition, the Mountain Home School District bills ASU-Mountain Home for credit hours taught by the high school's contracted teachers.

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