Scarborough School Board approves Wentworth plans, employee salaries

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SCARBOROUGH — The School Board on June 16 accepted more recommendations for the proposed new intermediate school, further solidifying the vision for the building supporters hope will replace the current Wentworth school.

The board heard and approved recommendations from the Wentworth Building Committee regarding technology and interior design.

The Technology-Media Subcommittee recommended that the new school have a minimum of one computing device for every two students and that 25 computer devices be available in each of two computer labs.

The group also proposed 40 computer devices and peripherals in a proposed “Learning Commons,” and that built-in technology storage units be installed in each classroom to house and secure electronic equipment.

Specifics, including what sort of devices are purchased, will be decided later.

In terms of interior design, the board approved recommendations that the school feature exposed, heavy timber trusses in the main entryway, which Wentworth committee member Kristen Schuler said was inspired by the ambiance created in other schools with a similar design.

Interior recommendations also included double-leveled handrails on all staircases, door windows at the eye level of small children, doorways between classrooms, recycled plastic lockers, a functional outdoor classroom with access from the library, and art throughout the school.

The recommendations will be part of a final proposal to be made to the Town Council. Supporters hope to have a proposal for the school replacement on the November ballot.

The board also approved compensation agreements for the central office administrative and support staffs, as well as contracts for three types of employees.

One contract will cover food-service employees and custodians. Councilor Jacquelyn Perry said research showed the district’s custodians are receiving a competitive wage, but that food-service workers are making a “very low” salary compared with others in the area.

The one-year contract includes a 1.5 percent wage increase, which Perry said should move the food-service workers to a more competitive salary.

Bus drivers also got a new contract, which includes a 3.2 percent salary increase over three years. Perry said Scarborough bus drivers are paid the median income for area bus drivers.

Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or mmoretto@theforecaster.net. Follow Mario on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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Highest-paid Scarborough school employees

The top six salaried Scarborough School Department employees for the 2011-2012 school year. The list does not include the salary for Assistant Superintendent Jo Anne Sizemore, who has been acting superintendent since last year. Her salary will be decided at a June 23 School Board meeting.

• Monique Culbertson, director of curriculum and assessment, and Alison Marchese, director of special services: $93,600.

• Todd Jepson, director of buildings, grounds and maintenance: $83,200.

• Christopher Rohde, assistant director of special services: $72, 223.

• Katherine Bolton, business office manager: $70, 200.

• Deborah Rideout, administrative assistant to the superintendent: $51, 914.

— Mario Moretto

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