Northfield School Board will vote on Teacher contract tonight
The Northfield Public Schools and the Northfield Education Association (NEA) announced a tentative agreement for a two-year contract governing the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. The agreement calls for a 1.5% base salary increase for the first year of the contract and 3% in the second year. Teachers will also receive a 4% increase to the District’s contribution towards health insurance premiums for each year of the agreement. The School Board will vote on the agreement at their regularly scheduled meeting tonight. We’ll hear more from Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson tomorrow morning at 7:20. The NEA is scheduled to vote this Wednesday and September 3rd.
“Hired Hands” gets a helping hand from the EDA
(NOON) Executive Director of the NEC, Meghan Tsui, requested funds from the EDA for 2 new programs. Hired Hands, she explains, was borne out of a need she heard from the business community that they need to hire people but don’t have the time to do it. Tsui said they did a pilot program for a fee and wrote up a job description, advertised for it, vetted candidates and set up interviews for a client. She said they surveyed businesses and half of them thought that it was a needed service. The NEC is requesting $20,000 from SMIF, Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund and asked the EDA for an additional $10,000 for support. There’s a 25% cash match to receive the SMIF grant. Tsui said they’re asked for a little bit more to help spur the program. The EDA approved the grant. The money will be used to hire additional staff, marketing, communication and project development. Hired Hands can be paid either by an hourly fee such as in the case of using their interns for data entry or per candidate search, which would cost a flat fee of $150. The NEC’s goal is that the program be self sustaining.
Bids for Dundas’ planned Public Works project over budget
The Dundas City Council meets tonight at 7 o’clock. Council will go over the bids received for the building of the new Public Works/Public Safety project. The City received bids from 9 general contractors, they ranged from a low bid of $778,000 to $858,000. The apparent low bidder is Met-Con Construction of Faribault. As all of the bids were greater than the budgeted funds, staff is continuing to review and is requesting Council hold off on awarding the contract until the September 9th meeting. City Administrator John McCarthy will be in studio tomorrow morning at 8:40am.
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