B-OPS School Board holds September meeting

Members tackle varied agenda



Members of the Butterfield-Odin Public School (B-OPS) School Board tackled the varied items at the school government group’s Monday, September 25 regular monthly meeting.

+ Accepted the resignation of Annie Peterson, first-year 3/4 time grades 9-12 science teacher. Peterson will be heading overseas with her husband, who has accepted a job offer outside-the-country.

+ Approved entering a one-act play into competition with area schools in January.

+ Approved additional pay for a pair of B-OPS teachers:

  • Katelyn Blais, mathematics teacher, who will be teaching three trimesters of geometry this school year.
  • Emily Kern, Title I teacher, who will be teaching two additional hours a week working wih voluntary pre-Kindergataen students.

+ Approved a crisis action plan, created in a joint effort by B-OPS staff and emergency responders.

+ Scheduled the Truth In Taxation meeting for Monday, December 18.

+ Debated the contract of B-OPs Superintendent Ray Arsenault. Issues raised included Superintendent Arsenault’s health insurance plan and driving mileage. Arsenault wished to amend his contract to make his health insurance plan more fiscally responsible and able to save the school district money. In regards to driving mileage between the superintendent’s home in Rochester and his job in Butterfield, the idea was submitted to raise Arsenault’s salary rather than continue gas mileage compensation. The board’s opinion was split on reopening contract negotiations, with the majority deciding to reopen the health insurance portion for renegotiation.



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