Certified personnel working for Purcell Public Schools will get a $1,220 raise in addition to the district’s standard step raises.

That raise comes out of action taken earlier this year by the Oklahoma Legislature.

The school board approved the raise as well as a new salary schedule for the 2019-20 school year during a meeting Monday.

The raise puts the district’s starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree at $38,453. The starting salary for a teacher with a master’s degree is $39,867 and someone with a doctorate will start at $41,281.

The salary schedule includes 30 step raises, capping at $54,283 for a bachelor’s degree, $56,238 for a master’s degree and $58,703 for a doctorate.

In addition, teachers not enrolled in the district’s health insurance plan will receive a monthly $69.71 payment from the state.

The board also approved basing the 2019-20 school calendar on 1,080 hours of instruction instead of a set number of days.

Superintendent Dr. Sheli McAdoo said the hourly option gives the district more flexibility.

Monday was McAdoo’s fifth day on the job and she thanked the board for her appointment.

Tyler Graves, construction manager with Goldsby Construction, reported good progress on all of the bond projects.

The new field house will be completed by today (Thursday) and coaches can begin moving into their offices.

Student athletes who have toured the new facility are “in awe,” Graves added.

Dirt work was completed on the playing field in June.

“The field is in better shape than it has been in many years,” Graves said, adding that turf installation will begin in the next two to three weeks.

Graves told the board that Purcell is a “trendsetter” because of the energy optimization elements to the new junior high school and other campuses.

Representatives from other districts want to tour Purcell’s schools to see the energy saving features for themselves.

Work on the junior high school continues to progress with the bulk of labor inside the building. Windows are scheduled to be installed within the next two weeks.

“The last month has been the most progressive of the past six months,” he said.

In other business, the board approved several new hires. Those include Carol Testa, assistant high school principal/athletic director; Erica Keen, high school teacher; Frances Maynor, part-time choir teacher; Bryson Tuttle, junior high band director/high school band assistant director, and Amy Wells-Norman, intermediate counselor.

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