Archive for Wednesday, November 15, 2006

School board briefs

November 15, 2006

Personnel work policy questioned

At Monday night's board meeting, school board member Leana Leslie asked about the district's policy when hiring employees to build furniture, or do other work, for the district.

Erickson said the district's two shop teachers, Steve Hughes and Chris Weller, recently were paid to build a desk for the new middle school's library. The work was done outside their regular workday.

In having the teachers build the desk, the district saved "thousands of dollars," Superintendent Richard Erickson said.

Board president Kay Smith said, "That sends out red flags, that's a real gray area."

Smith said the district needs to clarify its policy concerning when school employees are hired to build things outside of their regular workday. And, Smith said, the policy should include whether they can use school equipment to do the work.

Because the desk cost less than $10,000, the district did not have to put the desk out for a bid.

Credit-card program initiated at district

Board members voted 7-0 to approve a merchant services program through First State Bank and Trust. The service will allow parents and patrons to pay for school-related expenses with a credit card.

The board also approved updated job descriptions for teachers, coaches and the technology coordinator.

After meeting in executive session for almost two hours, citing matters of personnel and attorney-client privilege, board members took no action. High school principal Tatia Shelton met with board members for 35 minutes during the executive session. After she left, grade school principal Jerry Daskoski met with board in executive session for 35 minutes. The board did not speak with their attorney -- either in person or on the telephone -- during executive session, according to Superintendent Richard Erickson.

Snow-removal bid earns board's OK

School board members Monday night approved a snow removal bid from Kelly Bingham.

The prices are $1,895 for two to four inches of snow, $2,920 for five to seven inches of snow, and $3,244 for eight inches or more.

Superintendent Richard Erickson said Bingham's bid was the only bid received. He noted it was a little higher than last year's price, but said this year's snow removal will include the new middle school grounds.

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