Oberhaus contract extended through 2017

Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2014, 9:59 pm
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By Nicole Lauer, nicolellauer@gmail.com
ROCK ISLAND — Rock Island-Milan school board members on Tuesday unanimously voted to extend the contract of superintendent Mike Oberhaus through 2017 and grant him a 3 percent raise.

Before approving the contract extension, board members met in closed session to discuss the superintendent's performance. The board's decision extends Mr. Oberhaus' current contract, set to expire in June 2016, by one year.

Board member Dave Rockwell said Mr. Oberhaus has not received a raise since starting in his post five years ago and the board believd it was time to acknowledge his diligence and hard work.

"We appreciate Mike's efforts and wanted to make sure he's on board," Mr. Rockwell said.

The raise amounts to $5,400, according to Mr. Rockwell. The 2013-14 Administrators' Salary Compensation Report lists Mr. Oberhaus' base salary as $170,000.

Board members also heard reports from Kathy Taylor Ruggeberg on funding for Title 1, the part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act that provides assistance to local education agencies and schools with high numbers of low-income students. The grant must be used to improve academic achievement for disadvantaged students.

Ms. Taylor Ruggeberg said the district only uses funding at kindergarten through eighth grade buildings because other grants service the high school, preschool and Head Start programs. Funding has declined every year, she said, with the district most recently receiving about $1.7 million for instruction, supplies, family-community involvement and professional development.

Funds also are used to help homeless students.

Ms. Taylor Ruggeberg also reported on PLATO, a software used for credit recovery. She said 174 students were enrolled in 2008-09 and, by 2013-14, that number grew to 373 students. The number of completed courses also has increased, she said, from 231 in 2008-09 to 493 courses completed this year.

PLATO primarily lets struggling students graduate with opportunities to recover credits, she said. Also, students transferring to the district may use PLATO to earn required credits they may have missed. The district now can offer a "virtual school" with expanded PLATO offerings, such as veterinary science, art appreciation and history, Chinese and digital photography.

In other business, board members:

— Heard from Mr. Oberhaus that enrollment is up 46 students compared to a year ago, continuing a growth trend in recent years.

— Approved administrative appointments, including Nicole Melody as assistant principal of Frances Willard and Kristin Allen as associate principal and Michelle Lillis as assistant principal at Rock Island High School.

— Learned Preschool For All programs at Denkmann, Ridgewood and Horace Mann schools received a silver level of recognition through ExceleRate Illinois, a new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development programs for children age birth to age 5.

— Learned a "state of the schools" address is planned for Sept. 2 at noon at the Quad City Botanical Center.


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept, 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.

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