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School Board approves new salary schedule for district

By Anita Tucker

atucker@vanburencountydem.com

In a meeting lasting almost 2 1/2 hours Monday, the Clinton School Board approved salary schedules for the 2013-14 school year, heard a report on the 2012 audit and voted to rehire licensed and classified personnel.

The board was split in its vote to accept the Personnel Policy Committee’s proposed salary schedule for classified personnel presented by PPC represenative Cheryl Smith. The proposal aimed to make salaries more equitable among the classified personnel, said elementary Principal Hal Ward.

Board member Jeff Wyborny said the proposal would add $55,000 to the budget for the year. PPC licensed representative Burtie Harder said the licensed employees had not requested increases because they knew the school couldn’t afford both.

Board member Kirk Pryor, sitting in for absent board President Kyle Hensley, said incoming superintendent Scott Jones is concerned about money. Pryor said the district is already borrowing money to finish the junior high building project and will “probably have to borrow for the K-3 building.”

He voted against the salary schedule, as did board member Richard McCormac. Voting in favor of the salary schedule were Wyborny, David Warren and Darla McJunkins. Board member Keith Coward also was absent from the meeting.

The School Board rejected a proposal from the PPC classified group to ban working from home. Smith said the PPC did not believe it was fair that some employees were allowed to work from home while others such as custodians and bus mechanics could not.

McJunkins said there were times an employee might need to work from home and said the board will ask to see a report on who is doing so.

From the accounting office, Mavis Smith addressed the schools 2012 legislative audit, which noted several problems including how the superintendent’s house was handled after James McGaha said he did not want to live there but a relative did; the payment of $45,250 to 10 employees above contract amounts; the use of time sheets, and more.

Smith said the problems had all been addressed and taken care of to the satisifaction of the auditors.

The School Board accepted the resignations of elementary school teacher Judith Jackson and high school teacher Carol Beavers.

The School Board’s next meeting will be May 20. The meetings are open to the public.

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