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.