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Pleasanton school board honors retiring district staff members

Updated: Jul 27

PLEASANTON – The Pleasanton USD 344 Board of Education and district Superintendent Travis Laver honored two key members of the district office staff on Monday, June 6.

Board Clerk Connie Krull and Karen Snow, secretary to the superintendent, are retiring after spending a combined 75 years working for the district.

The board also approved a contract with the certified teaching staff for the 2022-23 school year. Under the negotiated terms of the agreement, the board increased the base pay for a beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree by $1,000 annually.

That brought the beginning teacher’s salary up to $42,000 annually plus benefits.

Other staff members received raises as well. The classified staff, including custodians, secretaries and other support staff, were given a 50-cent-an-hour raise. Administrators, including the superintendent and principals, received a 4 percent raise.

The board also increased the price of school meals for the 2022-23 school year. The full-pay student breakfast is now $2, and full-pay student lunch will be $3.50, Staff will pay $2.15 for. breakfast and $4.35 for lunch.

The board accepted the retirement of Dennis Hardy as transportation director, and

accepted the resignation of Seth Gabbert as assistance high school football coach.

In other action, the board:

  • Approved district office staff to close out the 2021-22 budget and make necessary transfers of funds.

  • Hired Destinee Levota for junior high scholar bowl sponsor.

  • Hired John Heidrick for high school scholar bowl sponsor.

  • Hired Ed Eichenberger as car and bus driver.

  • Hired Seth Gabbert as head high school boys basketball coach.

  • Hired Kasen McKee as head junior high boys basketball coach.

  • Hired Kyla Green as assistant cheer coach,

  • Hired Xoe (pronounced “Zoey”) Cauthers as elementary teacher,

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