By Andy Klotz—
Board delays announcement of reopening plan
Muncie, IN – On the heels of providing raises for teachers in May and $1,000 COVID-related stipends for all employees back in April, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) has now raised starting pay for all support staff, which includes positions like administrative assistants, instructional assistants and permanent substitute teachers. The MCS Board of Directors tonight voted to increase starting pay for these jobs and others to $14/hour, up from about $11.20/hour.
“Our support staff play a crucial role in our day-to-day operations and we are delighted to be able to pay them more appropriately,” Kwiatkowski said. “For people who love being around children and playing a role in their education, we hope this will entice them to join our staff and fill one of our current openings.”
People can see a list of MCS openings and apply for a position by visiting https://bit.ly/MCSjobs.
The board decided to table its unveiling of the district’s reopening plan for the upcoming school year. This afternoon’s new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mask wearing for K-12 students prompted that decision. The board will consider the new guidance and announce its decisions at a special meeting next Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m.
The first day of school for MCS students is August 10 and registration is in full swing. People can visit EnrollinMCS.org to register students online or attend one of three in-person registration events this week at all nine MCS buildings, including:
- Wednesday, July 28, 1 – 6 p.m.
- Thursday, July 29, 1 – 6 p.m.
- Friday, July 30, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Students needing transportation must be registered by Monday, Aug. 2 to be guaranteed a stop on a bus route for the first day of school. For people attending the in-person events, they should plan to bring identification, proof of residence and the student’s immunization records.
For more information, please visit muncieschools.org or call (765) 747-5211.
About Muncie Community Schools
Serving the local community since 1855, Muncie Community Schools (MCS) educates more than 5,000 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school while also managing several other educational facilities. Through its unique partnership with Ball State University, MCS strives to maximize each student’s potential so he or she can be a positive, productive member of society. Find out more about MCS or Director of Public Education and CEO Lee Ann Kwiatkowski at muncieschools.org.