Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

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May 17, 2013

Higher costs are in Knoxville Schools' future


Rules associated with the health care law will also make it difficult for the district to provide coverage for those employees who average between 30-34 hours a week.

“There are some issues we’re going to have to look at,” Mobley said.

There is also a stipulation that charges employers $3,000 per employee whose health care costs are greater than 9.5 percent of their gross monthly income. The law gives employers a “pass”on up to 30 employees who fall within this gap. As of now, the district may be able to avoid any penalties because fewer than 30, employed by the district, fall into this area.

The discussion of the future also included possible enrollment numbers. If enrollment increases are seen, and changes in averages per grade occur, the district may have to again realign the use of its buildings. Grade levels among the buildings may be shifted.

In another plan for the future, Matt Heston, KHS Math Teacher, was appointed to the Governor’s STEM advisory council, focused on setting goals for science, technology, engineering and math education into the future. Heston provided a brief report to the board.

“I’ve learned quite a bit,” Heston told the board. He is serving on the committee’s licensure subcommittee. This group has established education levels for teaching engineering. It is the one area the entire group has been able to reach a consensus. A recommendation will be made to the State Board of Educational Examiners. The four endorsements included in the recommendation are:

• 5-8 STEM Endorsement

• K-12 STEM Specialist

• K-8 STEM Endorsement

• Career and Technical License. For this one, a professional engineer can follow a path to become a teacher.

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