BEATRICE – Beatrice Public Schools will pay substitute teachers at the rate of $165 per day, this coming school year. Superintendent Jason Alexander says that’s an increase from the past year…being made to stay competitive with surrounding districts.

"We think $165 per day will put us in a competitive market in the surrounding area. There are obviously schools....Lincoln pays about $185 or are obviously schools paying more for substitutes, but we figure in our area where we're competing for substitute teachers, this keeps us in the market."

The change also pays a stipend of $150 to a substitute teacher who teaches 30-or-more days during a semester. That stipend would be $100 for a paraeducator substituting 30-or-more days.

In other action Monday night, the board of education approved the purchase of a new oven for the meal program at Beatrice High School. The unit, costing $45,958….will be supplied by Sysco. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jackie Nielsen said two bids were received. The unit, which is mobile…will be paid for through the district’s nutrition services budget…not from general tax funds.

The board also approved a bid for preventative maintenance of heating, ventilation and cooling systems at the high school and middle school. The successful bid came from Prairie Mechanical. A contract with First Student, the district’s bus transportation provider…was approved by the board, totaling just under $573,000.

The Beatrice School Board reaffirmed policies on parent, family and community involvement along with student fee and anti-bullying policies Student and staff handbooks were approved for the new school year.  Several policies were advanced through one round before the board….on issues such as purchasing, teacher training, student attendance, graduation, firearms and option enrollment.

Two new administrators attended Monday night's board meeting. James Ford is a new Principal at the Beatrice prekindergarten through fifth grade building.....and Dylan Kendall is the new Assistant Principal at Beatrice High School.

Several events are coming up, as the new elementary school gets set to be put in service, in Beatrice.  Saturday, July 27th, a Masons cornerstone ceremony will be held at the new prekindergarten to fifth grade building…..starting at two p.m. That same day, Superintendent Jason Alexander says persons who donated to the project will provided tours of the building from 9 a.m. until noon.

On August 12th and 13th, the Beatrice School District will hold sneak peak nights at the new school to give parents and students a first look at the facility.
Alexander says a grand opening event will be held at the new school, August 14th, starting at 6:30 p.m.