North Mercer school officially postpones graduation; accepts resignation

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The North Mercer school has officially postponed a graduation ceremony until a later date.

Superintendent Dan Owens reports discussions will be held with members of the senior class as to prospective dates to have prom, the senior trip, and graduation. Owens noted this will done after the Governor lifts the “stay at home” order.

The Mercer school will continue to offer meals and educational services through May 22

Seven staff members at North Mercer school are to be recognized at a future date for their years of service. Among them is Science Instructor David Fuller who will be retiring after teaching in the North Mercer district since 1998. Resigning as kindergarten teacher was Mrs. B-J Passmore who has been with the district since 1998.

At a recent board of education meeting, Dan Martin was hired as 7th through 12th-grade science teacher and the varsity boys basketball coach. Martin has taught science previously at the Newtown Harris and Lineville, Iowa schools. The board approved offering contracts to non-certified staff members. Owens noted they receive a three-point two percent salary increase. The supplemental pay schedule was approved.

Current tuition to attend the North Mercer School is three thousand dollars per year. The board has set tuition increases for upcoming years. Beginning with 2021-22, tuition will increase by one thousand dollars per year until the state adequacy target is met three years later.