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NSD employees get bonus

By Staff, 12/18/20 9:48 AM

ROSSTON – Ho, ho, ho. Santa paid a visit to employees of the Nevada School District, leaving them all a $1,500 bonus.

Actually, in the December meeting of the Nevada School Board, Thursday night, the board voted to give all certified and non-certified employees a $1,500 bonus for the year. Superintendent Rick McAfee said the certified staff put in extra hours, did non-traditional teaching and made videos for students, but the non-certified staff worked equally as hard and deserve an equal bonus. The money will come from the district’s ESA money from the state.

In another bit of good news for employees, the board voted to pick up the cost of the deductible for the employees. McAfee said the district traditionally covers the matching cost for those with the highest deductible. This will add another $25.76 to the portion the district pays, starting in January 2021.

The board also approved a master plan, as required by the state, though there wasn’t much to it. McAfee said the plan is only for the basics as he will be leaving at the end of the year and the new superintendent may have other ideas. By doing this, he added, the district could get an extra $200,000 or $300,000 later on. In the interim, though, the district will use bond money for the cost of the plan.

Homecoming for the basketball team will be different this year. Because of COVID-19, there will be no pre-game ceremony. In fact, McAfee said, any ceremony will have to first get state approval and if it happens homecoming will be done during school hours. The homecoming queen, her court and their escorts have been told not to purchase special clothing for the event, but to wear their “Sunday best” instead.