Hudson School Board Approves a Third Stipend Program for Teachers

August 29, 2014

by Len Lathrop

During their August 18 meeting, Hudson School Board members revived a proposal presented by administration in which a designated teacher would maintain the system-wide school website.  The memo from Bryan Lane to the Hudson School Board reads this way: ”In an effort to ensure that our website for each school is kept up-to-date, I am proposing that we create a stipend position at each school building for this purpose.  None of the schools in the district have a position clerical or otherwise, that includes this job responsibility.”

After a training session with the aHal consultant, the firm that developed the new website, the School Based Website Administrator.  The SBWA would be the clearinghouse for all information coming from staff, administration, and the PTO.  While content is the responsibility of the person providing the information, if a question arises the school principal would make any necessary determination.

It is estimated that the SBWA would work one hour per week at the task, with a 38-week school year plus an extra two for the start-up time.  Project costs are based on 40 hours per year at $25 an hour, equating to $1,000 per year for each of the elementary schools, and $1,250 per school for Hudson Memorial and Alvirne.  District costs would total $5,500 for the first year and would be transferred from the salary line.

This is the third stipend program started this school year:  the teacher mentor program, the computer technical support program and now the website administrator.  All will be funded through the excess in the salary line and all will become part of the budget for the 2015-2016 school year.