October 3, 2002

SCR-I Creates Sick-Leave Pool For Non-Certified Staff

The Scotland County R-I School Board had a full slate of business on the September 26 meeting agenda.

Perfect Attendance

For the past four years the district has offered a reward to faculty and staff members that had perfect attendance.

The board voted once again to continue to offer this incentive, a $175 bonus, for teachers and other employees that did not miss a day of work. The board noted perfect attendance not only saves the school money on substitutes it also benefits the students who maintain consistency in the classroom and the facility when regular staff are present every day.

Sick-Leave Pool

In August of 2001 the board of education approved a sick-leave pool for certified staff members to allow unused sick leave to be shared among staff members.

Since the inception of the program there has been ongoing discussion of expanding the policy to include the non-certified staff. The program is especially important to these workers as they are allowed less sick leave on an individual basis.

The proposal allows each employee to choose to participate or not in the sick-leave pool. The pool is meant to assist an employee in case of catastrophic illnesses and major accidents by providing them with a continued source of income after the individual's sick leave has been exhausted.

Each member donates two sick days to the pool in the initial year. Donations of days will continue at the rate of one day per year per employee member until the pool reaches 200 days. At this point addition of days will only be made by new members. If the pool falls below 135 days, each member will resume donating at the rate of one day per year.

Use of the pool is limited to extreme cases and is not meant to include brief absences, pregnancies or non-medical emergencies. Severe illness or injury of a member, a member's spouse or children will be eligible. Issues with other family members of the staff may be considered by the sick leave committee.

The board voted 6-0 to implement the sick-leave pool policy for the non-certified staff.

Parking Lot

The district's parking lot committee reported no progress in meeting with area firms in the business of street repairs and reconditioning. The committee is still waiting on representatives from this group to arrive in Memphis to meet with the board.


The Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) Fall Conference will be held on October 25-27 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The board discussed the agenda and attendance at the meetings.

A major service of the MSBA are the twice annual policy reviews and updates for school districts. The SCR-I board received 19 updates to local board policy and approved the adjustments as recommended by MSBA.

Overnight Trips

FFA Advisor Bill Cottrell presented requests for two overnight trips for the FFA. The first will allow members to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY October 30- November 2. The second request was for a trip to Columbia October 17 if the FFA team wins the district grasslands contest October 1, 2002.

Calendar Change

The November and December board meetings were rescheduled due to calendar conflicts. The November meeting was changed from November 28 to November 19 at 6:30 p.m. The December meeting was rescheduled from December 26 to December 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Budget Reports

The board voted to implement four reports as part of the annual budget process. The district's budget report will now include a three-year comparison for actual figures for each account in the general ledger; a fund balance comparison report; a general budget summary; and a tax rate summary. The inclusion of these reports will make understanding of the budget easier for the board to review as future budgets are considered.

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