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UPDATE: USD 407 Budget Passed, Teacher Negotiations Finalized; Minutes Included

USD 407 BOEThe 2013-2014 school year is almost here in Russell and USD 407 Board of Education members met Monday evening to finalize the upcoming year's budget, polices and staffing.

After briefly opening the meeting to the public for a budget hearing, board members voted to approve the budget as previously published. Superintendent Dave Couch says the budget, other than a few line items here and there, is much the same as last year.

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Also at the meeting, the Board approved the collective bargaining agreement with the district's teachers. Couch said one of the main points of discussion throughout the negotiation process with the teachers was healthcare.

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No raises were given, other than the district's normal step program. The district did give teachers a one time bonus.

District Special Education policies, practices and procedures were approved as well as a few new teaching and coaching contracts.

Aug. 12 Meeting Minutes

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