Nevis School approves new staff agreements

This school year will bring some changes for teachers as well as students. The Nevis School Board approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Nevis Federation of Teachers at the special board meeting Aug. 27.

The MOU covers the unique labor-related items associated with the district’s response to teaching and learning during the pandemic.

The MOU addresses:

  • Health and safety concerns to include protocols for screening and actions if infected or possibly infected.

  • Employee leave. There are a lot of complexities in leave due to the large number of state and federal programs associated with COVID recovery.

  • Distance-learning assignments to include instructional expectations and the plan for Fridays during the year. The plan is that teachers who are supervising lunch in their rooms will be compensated for their duty-free lunch time on Fridays as scheduled.

  • Workloads and office hours.

The agreement expires at the end of the school year and is not precedent-setting, Superintendent Gregg Parks said.
The board also approved an MOU with the teachers’ union regarding extracurricular activities.

This memorandum addresses how coaches and advisors will be compensated during the year if seasons are shortened due to shutdowns.


Head coaches and assistant coaches are in Category 1 and are guaranteed 50 percent of compensation. Junior high coaches will be guaranteed 25 percent compensation.

If the season is canceled after it has begun, the remaining compensation will be prorated based upon the percentage of the season completed.

Advisors for other extracurricular events (Category 2) will be guaranteed 25 percent compensation and will receive a prorated salary based upon the percentage of completion for the season.

The next school board meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 28. Call 652-3500 for a link to join the meeting on Zoom.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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