Board extends Zoellner’s contract
The De Soto USD 232 Board of Education Monday night approved extending Superintendent Sharon Zoellner's current contract with the district for one year with the provision that Zoellner and the board continue negotiations.
Board member Randy Johnson of De Soto was the only vote against extending the superintendent's contract.
Zoellner's current contract lists her annual salary as $155,220. Per the contract, the salary is to be reviewed and adjusted by May 30 each year through June 30, 2010. Also included in the contract is 25 days paid vacation, an automobile reimbursement of $630 per month for travel within the district and a communications allowance of $135 per month for cell phone and Internet service to complete her duties.
In other business, the board:
- App-roved immediately needed 2008 capital outlay projects and agreed to take a further look at other projects to determine if there would be a way to cut costs. The board has discussed using capital outlay to fund some building projects to address student growth. Last month the board rejected the use of capital outlay funds to expand Starside Elementary School by the 2008-09 school year. The board wanted to see its scientific survey results to be performed early next year before moving further.
- Tabled a proposal to offer tuition reimbursement for district teachers seeking licensure or highly qualified certification as a special education or English language learner teacher. The proposal allows for up to $4,000 per year in funding per recipient and it addresses the teacher shortage in special education.
- Approved a letter to the city of De Soto protesting the district's inclusion in a benefit district to fund the traffic signal at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Commerce Drive in De Soto. The letter states that the intersection is not contiguous with district property and that district buildings have not greatly increased traffic in the area. The district will approach the city council regarding the benefit district at a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at De Soto City Hall, 32905 W. 84th St.