NLS teachers to vote on Q-comp plan
NEW LONDON — Teachers in the New London-Spicer School District begin voting today on a proposed quality compensation agreement.
The voting ends Friday.
Known as Q-comp, the plan promotes professional development — such as classroom observations and teacher evaluations — and also establishes guidelines, standards and procedures for linking a teacher’s salary with student achievement.
The Minnesota Department of Education requested clarification on a few remaining questions but NLS Superintendent Paul Carlson told the school board Monday that process was a formality and formal state approval is expected.
The results from the union vote will be tabulated by Monday, Carlson said.
Pending the results of the union vote, the board will take final action on the plan at its June 13 meeting.
If approved, the plan could be implemented in the 2016-17 school year.
Part of the Q-comp process includes hiring an existing NLS teacher as a full-time Q-comp facilitator. Also, some teachers will be compensated for filling other roles, such as a mentor coordinator.
The state will pay the district $169 per student for the program. An additional local levy may also be applied.
If the plan is implemented, the district will need to hire a new teacher to fill the spot of whoever is hired as the Q-comp facilitator.
The board also agreed to hire a technology integration specialist.
That action was taken after hearing a lengthy report from staff on recommendations for implementing computer technology skills in the district’s curriculum.
Technology was added as an activity class for grades 3-6, and as a semester class in eighth grade. Technology skills will be embedded in existing curriculum for seventh-graders in order to preserve the full 100 minutes of language arts classes, rather than using some language arts time for technology.
That decision was based on expected state testing results that indicate students tested below the state average in reading, according to Middle School Principal Trish Perry. Earlier in the meeting, a member of the public, Larry Nelson, said it was important that K-12 students, and especially seventh- and eighth-graders, learn computer and keyboarding skills.
Without those skills, Nelson said it would be like sending students “out in the world just as illiterate if they could not read or write.”