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School board approves hires [UPDATED]

Published 9:10am Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Updated 11:10am Tuesday, September 10, 2013

As students make their way back to the classroom, the Fergus Falls School District approved the hiring of additional staff Monday night, filling open positions to meet the needs of the new year.

The board approved the hiring of four positions that equal two full time equivalents for the certified teaching staff. The board also made recall hires for seven positions equal to roughly four full time equivalents for certified iQ Academy staff.

The board also hired 10 support staff that ranged from cafeteria serving positions to noon hour supervisors.

Superintendent Jerry Ness said the recall hires for the iQ Academy positions were due to large increases in enrollment last week at the online school. Enrollment at the academy is close to 400 students, and Ness said they were receiving almost 20 students a day at times last week.

The board also approved adjustments in hourly wage for nonaffiliated staff, which includes noon hour and bus supervisors, piano players and other miscellaneous positions.

New nonaffiliated staff will receive a starting pay of $10 an hour if they started their position with the district on or after Sept. 3. Beginning Jan. 15, the staff will receive a pay change to $10.25 an hour after they have worked in the district for four months.

Current nonaffiliated staff hired before Sept. 3 will receive a $10.50 an hour wage.

With the wage adjustments, the board hopes the district will maintain its number of nonaffiliated staff employees, which has been difficult recently, according to Ness.

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