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Loogootee Teachers Will Not Receive Raises, Roger Bailey Resigns

Last updated on Thursday, September 26, 2013

(LOOGOOTEE) - Loogootee teachers will not receive an across-the-board pay raise this year, although individual teachers may receive additional money.

The Loogootee School Board Tuesday night approved a one-year collective bargaining agreement with the Loogootee Teachers Association.

The Washington Leader reports, Business Operations Director Mike Tippery thanked the teachers for their understanding about the lack of a pay raise during "tough economic times."

However some teachers will receive stipends and incentives.

In other business:

* The board accepted the resignation of high school social studies teacher and girls baseball coach Roger Bailey. He had been placed on administrative leave with pay from Sept. 13 to Sept. 23.

* For the 10th consecutive year, the corporation has reduced enrollment. Friday was the statewide school count day, and Mattingly said Loogootee was credited with 910.5 students. Kindergarten students are still counted as one-half by the state. The enrollment was down 14 from 2012, which is the smallest reduction in recent years.

* No one spoke during a public hearing on the proposed 2014 corporation budget, including the capital projects plan and bus replacement plan. The board will vote on the budget plan during its Oct. 22 meeting.

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