September 6, 2001

School Board Will Allow Staff Members To Pool Sick Leave

Dealing with a catastrophic illness may have gotten a bit easier for staff members at Scotland County R-I School District. The Board of Education voted 6-0 to approve a proposed sick leave pool for certified staff members.

The SCR-I Certified Teachers Association (CTA) presented the proposal to the board at the August 31 meeting.

Every staff member will have an opportunity to join the pool. Each member will donate two days of sick leave to the pool in the first year of membership. Each year following that each member will donate an additional sick leave day until the pool accumulates 300 total days. Should the pool fall below 200 accumulated days, each member will again be asked to donate a day of leave per year until the total reaches 300 again.

These sick leave days in the pool will be available to staff members that are faced with an extended leave of absence from work due to a catastrophic illness or major accident involving the individual or a spouse or child. The pool will not be used to cover brief absences, uncomplicated pregnancies, death or other business matters simply because an individual has exhausted their own sick leave.

A request for use of the sick leave pool must be submitted to a committee for approval. The committee will consist of one district administrator appointed by the school board as well as two staff members from both the high school and elementary school to be elected by the membership.

The amount of time available from the pool varies based on service time in the district. Those with less than five years of service would be allowed up to 30 days from the pool if approved by the committee. Six to 10 years of service ups that limit to 45 days while 11-15 year veterans can draw 60 additional days from the pool. Those with 16 to 25 years of service to the district may receive up to 75 days of leave from the pool while those with more than 25 years of service can get up to 90 days from the pool.

Strategic Planning

The board received a report from the Strategic Planning Committee chairperson Fred Clapp who gave a brief synopsis of the group's three meetings. Clapp noted the meetings had excellent attendance and that the group was making headway toward a proposed list of priorities to present to the school for proposed capital improve-ments for the district.

Clapp indicated the committee plans to have its final recommendations ready to be presented to the board by late September or early October.

Pond Report

A special committee was created to consider two options for the future of the pond located on the district's ground just east of the elementary school.

Principal Rob Moore presented two options for consideration, either totally draining the pond or turning it into a dry-hole structure. The district has become concerned about safety and liability issues regarding the waterway.

A committee of board members Paul Campbell and David Kirkpatrick, teacher Josh Smith and citizens Harlo Donnelson and Tom Deberry will decide the future of the structure.

Procedural Evaluations

The board handled a number of routine procedural items correlating with the start of the new school year.

The building handbooks for students were approved as presented by the high school and elementary school administration. Upon approval by the board, the student handbooks officially became part of school policy.

The board approved the 2001-2002 transportation routes as presented by transportation director Dennis Robertson.

The first in the series of procedural evaluations from among the 30 areas required annually by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education were presented at the August meeting.

Plans reviewed by the board included transportation, summer school, curriculum, and the district's professional develop-ment plan.

Leave Of Absence

The board received two requests for leave of absences without pay. Andrea Brassfield requested a seven day leave and Terry Arnold asked for a 13-day leave to allow them to attend a family member's wedding, Terry's son and Andrea's brother, in Australia in December.

As the requests were for unpaid leave, the board voted unanimously to approve the requests.


The board received a letter of resignation from Penny Holt as a secondary school food service employee. Penny will continue to drive a school bus for the district. The board unanimously accepted the resignation.

Executive Session

The board unanimously approved a number of contracts for education teacher's aides. The following contracts were approved: Lois Bertram - elementary library; Dawn Carney - fifth grade; Beverly Daggs - high school library; Linda Ellicott - elementary classroom; Jane Gelbach - high school special ed.; Bobbie Anderson - early childhood special ed.; Rhonda Morton - elementary special ed.; Debbie Sears - high school special ed.; Angela Westhoff - Title I assistant; Becky Peterson - special ed.; and Brenda Winn - special ed. Lynette Dyer was offered employment as a teacher's aide by a vote of 5-0 with board member David Kirkpatrick abstaining from the vote as Dyer is his sister.

Chris Montgomery was offered employment as an emergency football coach for the 2001-2002 school year by a 6-0 vote.

Jeanne Holt was offered the position of elementary cook for the current year. The board approved the motion by a vote of 6-0.

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