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Board renews contracts

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ron Scherb
The administration is now working with a contract.

In a 6-0 vote, board member Dottie King was not present, the Clay Community School Board of Trustees voted to renew the administrative contracts or employment agreements of Personnel, Data and Food Service Director Carolyn Kumpf, Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger, Technology Director Bill Milner, Transportation Director Frank Misner and Business Manager Mike Fowler.

"The recommendation is to have those five have their contract continue through June 30, 2011," Schroeder said. "We consider them administrators but they are not licensed. Some are on employment agreements, others have teaching contracts."

Fowler's contract was renewed in September, so the board agreed to keep his contract on the same time frame.

In August, the board voted to renew the contracts of Technology Department Employee John Boyce, Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust, Technology Department Employee Jason Pell and Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center Coordinator Mary Yelton.

Board member Ron Scherb questioned why the board should renew the contracts when they hadn't discussed the administrative stipends, which was placed later in the agenda.

"This is where these individuals are receiving cash instead of health insurance," Scherb said. "That's been a concern with several of the board members I have talked to, as well as members of the community."

"From my understanding, those are two separate issues," Schroeder said about the contracts and the stipends. "The board has the option on what they want to do about the stipends."

According a financial analysis sheet given to board members, there are seven administrators receiving stipends of $15,000-$20,000 yearly, in addition to their regular salaries, instead of insurance and retirement benefits. According to the same information, if the seven administrators receive insurance and retirement benefits instead of the stipends, the additional General Fund costs would be $48,078.66 more than the total stipend amount, if each administrator were to choose the family health insurance plan.

"If the school board would like to change the stipend, then an opportune time, since we are already into this school year, is at the end of the school year," Schroeder said. "Then, if the board votes to do something like that, then it will give individuals time to plan to move from the stipend to the health insurance as well as the other benefits the other administrators receive."

According to Kumpf, a decision concerning the insurance stipends has to be made before December concerning the 2011-12 contract year for administrators.

"They would have to be informed that you were going to reduce their contracts," Kumpf said.

The board agreed to table the discussion of the stipends until the next meeting so they could have more time to review the information.

The next meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday Nov. 11, in the Media Center at North Clay Middle School.

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How much money would they save if they gave the teachers the same benefit of a cash stipend, instead of their current group plan? Many can buy individual health insurance plans a lot cheaper, 60-90% savings? Oh yeah, that might hurt the teachers' union!

-- Posted by Partrosie on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 12:36 PM

I think one candidate at the forum on Wednesday nigh indicated that if all the teachers in Indiana were under the state health insurance plan we could put $400 MILLION more into the classrooms towards the students' education and be more in line with other states...Oh yeah, wait...Unlike almost every other employee in private sector who has had their health insurance change, the teachers' union is not willing to change, AND the way the Indiana state law is written, it is illegal for a teachers union contract to lapse until another is approved ...so the possible loss of one's livlihood is not hanging over their heads to truly bring them "to the table" to compromise as every other private sector employee has had to do. The state insurance is perfectly fine insurance. It's just "different".

Let's put the students first and try to change the law so the hold outs in the union stop wasting money we don't have to waste.

Health insurance is a benefit...If someone already has it via another family member, why are they getting a stipend anyhow? Especially since most of these are higher end positions where they are getting more than many other employees. People are hired for salary and benefits...If they don't want the benefits, it shouldn't mean that their salary increases. The more people on a group policy. the less expensive it is per person. All should be offered what the state carries. Period. No stipends, no alternate plans. It's things like this that drive health care prices a lot higher than they need to be.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 3:52 PM

I've heard that our teachers have a "zero" deductible insurance plan. Can someone confirm or deny this for my own info? If they do have a zero deductible plan, I would have to say that this is almost unheard of in today's world. Let me know please!

-- Posted by open minded on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 6:24 PM

Does anyone know what the superintendent's salary is? Is he on the stipend? Why offer the stipend at all if they are on contracts not associated to the union? If that is the case they are little more than at-will employees. If that is the case, you can do whatever you want with their contracts at renewal. When the contract expires don't offer them the health insurance or the stipend (since they obviously have insurance through a significant other). If they want to walk say "thanks" and let em walk. At worst you get another employee for less of stipend or no stipend. Taxpayers win.

-- Posted by seventyx7 on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 11:12 PM

I feel that insurance should be offered to all employees that need it a part of their benefits, although not as part of their "just compensation". That way it is available, but not required to be subsidized unless there is a need.

I pay for medical coverage every month, although I never use it. I am required, by law, to pay $95 for Medicare coverage even though I receive all of my health from the VA which cannot bill Medicare for any part of my coverage. How this relates to the school corporation is that many of the employees also have dual-coverage available to them with varying costs. Just as my situation where I would have increased costs if I used Medicare, the employee with dual-coverage has the option to choose whichever insurance they deem most beneficial. However, I must question the paying a stipend to anyone who is not using it for insurance coverage because they are on their spouse's insurance or for any other reason.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sun, Oct 17, 2010, at 6:36 PM

A stipend ......15,000 to 20,000 dollars. What Planet are we on. OMG, I cannot even get insurance, and these milkers got it runnin out their ears so much we pay them. How about a Grand or even two Grand for a stipend.

-- Posted by reddevil on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 4:27 PM

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