Morning News-Lisa Lete
Concerned patron Louise Johnston of Blackfoot questioned the Blackfoot School District about the districtâ€™s â€śCommon Coreâ€ť preparedness at the Blackfoot School Board meeting on Thursday evening. Johnston, who is a retired elementary school teacher, has taken an interest in the new curriculum and hopes to have many questions on the subject answered by the board members. Chairman Dewane Wren assured her that her questions will be looked into and addressed.
Teachers in the Blackfoot School District can earn leadership premium dollars (from $850 to $5,780) by taking on leadership tasks in the upcoming school year "above and beyond" their contracted work.
The leadership award plan is part of the Idaho State Department of Education's effort to revamp the I teacher's salary system while encouraging educators to take on extra endeavors for the benefit of students such as writing new curriculum, working with at risk students or chairing a professional development committee.
State Representative Julie VanOrden (R-Pingree), who serves on the House Education Committee, was instrumental in establishing the bill approving the $15.9 million in leadership awards across the state.
Blackfoot School District business manager Brian Kress, who served on the leadership award plan committee with teachers and administrators, presented the program to the board of trustees on Thursday. Kress explained that every teacher in the district who chooses to participate can earn the dollars (which lawmakers call premiums) in units of $850 each. Participants can be awarded a maximum of seven award premiums]. The leadership duties must be designated and approved by the local board of trustees and the district's established guidelines.
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