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School board considers employee sick day policy

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The Clay Community Schools Corporation budget concerns school board members as they make decisions for the next school year. One item, tabled for the second time, was the superintendent's recommendation to transfer sick day accumulation.

After Northview Principal Ken Wallace and North Clay Middle School Principal Greg Linton were employed, the board agreed to allow the transfer of accumulated sick days from their previous employment to Clay Community Schools at the Sept. 12 board meeting.

It was discussed that the board grant the same opportunity to other administrators. Board Trustee Steve Grigsby recommended a committee be formed to discuss the uniform policy adoption of sick day transfers instead of voting on two or three transfers at a time and look at all compensation issues. The board elected to table the discussion and address the situation during April negotiations as part of the employee benefit package.

Clay City Elementary Principal Jon Russell asked the board to transfer his accumulated sick days when he was hired, but was turned down, so the board made retroactive the transfer of Russell's accumulated sick days.

The three men will receive altogether approximately $16,000 this summer for their compensation.

Superintendent Thomas Rohr recommended the board transfer accumulated sick days for other administrative personnel as well. Susan Price has 105.5 accumulated sick days, Rohr has 73, Jeffrey Allen has 24 and Karen Phillips has 25.5.

"Our school corporation has an unhealthy cash balance and is facing staff reductions. What we would be paying them could be the salary for 1 1/2 or two instructional assistants or a non-certified staff. I think we should wait one more meeting until after the March 20 financial work session," Grigsby said.

Once again, the recommendation was tabled.

Thursday's meeting is at 6 p.m. at Forest Park and is open to the public.

Paul Sinders, Clay City High School principal representing a 16-member criteria committee, will also be present to review criteria established in the selection of a new superintendent.

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