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JPS Board approves superintendent's contract

The Jamestown Public School Board on Monday renewed Superintendent Robert Lech's contract. The board unanimously approved Lech's contract from July 1 through June 30, 2018, with an annual salary of $147,993. Board member Sedric Trevithick was not...

The Jamestown Public School Board on Monday renewed Superintendent Robert Lech's contract.

The board unanimously approved Lech's contract from July 1 through June 30, 2018, with an annual salary of $147,993. Board member Sedric Trevithick was not present.

"Thank you for the the opportunity to continue to work in Jamestown," Lech said. "I appreciate it. This is an exciting place to be. It is a great challenge and I continue to enjoy it everyday."

The approval of the contract followed the School Board's approval of Lech's evaluation

Each board member completed a six-part evaluation that resulted in Lech receiving a 3.83 average rating out of a possible 4. The evaluation categories included goal and vision setting, board relations, human resource management, curriculum and support of student success, community relations and operations and resource management.

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At Lech's suggestion there was no raise in the contract, said Robert Toso, School Board member. The salary would remain at the same terms of the current school year's contract, he said.

"With the things (North Dakota Legislature and possible education cuts) in Bismarck going on, he agreed to hold steady and we appreciate that," said Roger Haut, School Board president.

In the Health Insurance Committee report, Toso said the group is nearing a possible preliminary agreement recommendation with Medallus Medical, an urgent care provider that would contract with the school district to provide a clinic site for members of the employee health plan. The Health Insurance Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, in the school district office conference room to discuss the possible agreement with a consultant.

In a May 2016 Health Insurance Committee report to the board, a JPS faculty representative said an 18-month study of the Affordable Care Act had resulted in a recommendation for the school district to develop its own clinic site to provide urgent care and general practitioner services for members, which include employees and their family members. The plan would require partnering with one or more area employers to reach the preferred 500 members to make it efficient and cost effective.

Toso said after nearly two years the Medalis Medical agreement is possible.

"We feel this would be a good opportunity to provide quicker coverage when they (members) want to get in and see a medical provider," Toso said. "Secondly, it would save the health insurance plan some dollars."

Board member Jennifer Schmidt said an attempt would be made to identify a local provider. It is not known yet if that would be a physician or a mid-level provider, she said.

When the provider is not working with members it would be available to provide urgent care services to the community, Lech said. There is a potential cost savings for the district, and it would bring new service to the community, he said.

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