HOOPESTON — Hoopeston Area school board members discussed administrative salaries Thursday and the percentage of increases for the coming year.

Although salaries are competitive, board president Dave McFadden said, we "have not met the cost of living increases except for one year." He added that "we have an excellent team" and would like to keep them.

After a discussion, board members unanimously approved a 4 percent increase in salaries for the 10 administrators.

Board members learned a tentative agreement between Hoopeston Education Association and the district had been reached. The tentative agreement will be presented to the HEA membership on Aug. 5 for approval.

In other school board business, board members approved unanimously Aunt Milly's Bakery for bread products for the 2020 year, Clover Leaf Farms for milk products and Illini FS for fuel for 2020. The board also approved unanimously the preparation of a tentative budget for 2020.

Superintendent Robert Richardson said the athletic director's position still is in the process of being filled. He also had news about retired teachers who substitute. Now, according to HB 1472, retired teachers can teach for an entire year without any penalties. There still were some restrictions, Richardson said, which he would discuss with the regional superintendent.

Mark Eighner, director of transportation/buildings/grounds, said he is looking to budget for another small bus in the future. Eighner also stated the school was down three bus drivers this past year. He used inside staff to drive some of the buses and plans to train more staff to drive. He is running an ad in the newspapers for at least one bus driver.

The next school board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 in the high school library.