Coaching positions, early retirement incentives among topics before MFL MarMac Board

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


A pair of established assistant coaches will share head coaching duties for the MFL MarMac high school girls basketball program this season. The MFL MarMac school board, at its Oct. 16 meeting, approved contracts for Brian Bugenhagen and Jess Schubert as co-head coaches. They both served under head coach Jason Winter, who passed away unexpectedly this fall. A contract was also approved for Mike Driscoll as an assistant coach.


Other staffing changes discussed at the meeting were a contract for Delvin Schroeder as a bus driver and resignations for Loren and Denise Walch as custodial staff. Abbey Cottrell requested a leave of absence for coaching soccer for the 2023-2024 school year.


Early retirement incentives offered

The board approved offering teacher early retirement incentives. Superintendent Tim Dugger said incentives are typically available every four to five years, and this is the first time since 2019 they have been offered. 


Dugger believes there is interest, but anticipates fewer teachers than the cap of five will go for it. The deadline is Jan. 12.


Special ed balance discussed

The board approved a request for modified supplemental amount and supplemental aid for the negative special education balance during the 2022-2023 school year, in the amount of -$743,22.77.


Dugger said this is an annual requirement, and noted that having a negative special ed balance is normal. 


“Federal law requires we have to provide a certain level of educational programming for kids and we can request to get made whole on the special ed deficit. Ultimately, it doesn’t cost the district. It gets us that $743,000 back and makes us whole on the budget from last year,” he explained.


According to business manager Karla Hanson, the amount is nearly $200,000 more than the previous year.


“That kind of stopped me in my tracks for a minute,” she said, “but we have a lot more kids with IEPs, which means we have a lot more para, we’re transporting more kids to different facilities.” An IEP is an individualized education program.

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