School board update: Registration fees, para personal day policy, new calendar discussed

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Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down Whoopsy 353 · 338 weeks ago Well that was sweet of good ol’ Jackie to step up and admit that there was a breakdown in the communication process. Kudos..better late than never. As far as the proof reading or lack of proofreading by good ol’ Angie….which is it? You did or you didn’t? Do or don’t or get out and let someone else perform the duty a little better. I know the Para-Educators are not a highly regarded group of people but believe it or not they are a very supportive group to our Teachers at all levels of the education system. Lets not take them for granted. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Not Happy!!! · 338 weeks ago That money was budgeted to pay classified if school had been in session on those days…but now it is padding the General Fund! Irate…YOU BET!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 338 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down scooter · 338 weeks ago I second the motion to rename the football stadium after Coach Giff. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down WHS mom · 338 weeks ago Answers… what are the answers? WHO~WHAT~WHEN~WHY were the changes made? None of those questions can be found anywhere in the board notes.. Don’t you think if you are going to make that BIG of a change you should note it and make people aware of it before they vote on it?? Come on RESPECT~FAIRNESS~HONESTY~TRUSTWORTHY and FAIRNESS we deserve that… Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down guest 2 · 338 weeks ago I don’t understand why paras think they should be paid for the snow days without using their sick leave or personal time. Most hourly paid jobs, that I am aware of, would charge the missed days to an employee’s sick/vacation/personal day account if the employee wanted to be paid for those days. Were the snow days something promised to the paras and then taken away at the last minute? If so, I can understand these employees being upset. Maybe if the paras were paid a “liveable” wage, the unpaid snow days might not be as much of a problem. Can someone please shed some light on this situation? Report Reply 1 reply · active 338 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down jayhawks · 338 weeks ago I was a para for 16 years and I worked for USD 259 and drove in everyday. We were paid for up to 3 snow days but after that we did not receive pay. They gave us that respect because they realized that a good para was a wonderful thing to have. Our days were not our sick leave or personal business days. The wage here in Wellington is already so low why take this away from them. It does say they are not valued. I interviewed several years ago for a job here but when they told me my wage I was so shocked I turned down the job and decided to keep working in Wichita where I also received free insurance. 353 you can do better than this. Show your paras some respect. Paras demand it or seek employment elsewhere. Report Reply 1 reply · active 338 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Not Happy!!! · 338 weeks ago I watched the board meeting on 55. The board never did say why the money, budgeted to pay classified employees, was put in the General Fund, instead of paying the employees for those two days. Snow days or no snow days, that money is the classified employees. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down litle bits · 338 weeks ago I agree, the para’s here have never been appreciated and they know it. They are truly dedicated to their students to be working under the current administration and patrons of USD #353 should commend them for their efforts. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Kid · 338 weeks ago Regarding the Para’s snow days subject…It seems that there are a few possible improprieties that happened here. 1. IF the monies paid (allocated) to the paras are being funded by the state, then does the local school board have the right to reallocate as they see fit? 2. Any discussions (and decisions) affecting any employees incomes should be documented within the meeting minutes, when it was discussed & or decided on.. (none found in BOE’s minutes)… 3. If any changes are made to an employee’s income, & or benefits (increase or decrease), should be made known to the affected employee(s) when the change is made, & not wait and see if they catch it. As a Wellington tax payer, I believe there should be an investigation (see #1.), followed by reprimands for the obvious miss handling of this subject. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Disappointed · 338 weeks ago To quote President Jackie Berryman, ‘those changes were made to help the overall district financially in order to make budget’ It would be interesting to know if there has been some recent changes to any other salaries within District 353. It would be discouraging to think the administrative branch responsible for teaching our children, our legacy, do not follow RESPECT~FAIRNESS~HONESTY~TRUSTWORTHY and FAIRNESS . Any we wonder why the world is the way it is. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Instead of paying for specific classes next fall during registration, all USD 353 student parents could be paying a flat rate of $100 before the 2014-15 school year.Wellington High School Principal Dale Adams has proposed to the Wellington school board a policy in which every student will pay $100 in school fees during registration regardless what classes they sign up. The hope is to give some students incentive to take higher end courses in science and industrial arts without having to pay extra up-front initial fee costs.However, the trade off is, those students must pay for supplies of the projects throughout the course.For example, if students take Level 2 Cabinet Making, they will be in charge of paying for all supplies. Currently, the schools pay for the supplies. Adams said that makes the projects the students can do to be very restrictive since there are no funds available. By paying for their own supplies, students could build as big of project as they so desire.Adams said traditionally two or three students each fall are forced to take another class because their parents don’t want to pay for fees of these special classes.On average, Adams said, school parents pay around $116 a student. On the low end, students can pay $62.82 for no special cost classes. Other students on the other hand, pay in excess of $150 to $200. If adopted, the policy will start at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.•••••Irate paras The board heard from a group of upset paraprofessionals of a policy change in the Classified Personnel Handbook which affects their personal day leave. Paras, who are considered classified which are non-teacher employees. Under the new handbook policy, they must save personal days in case there are snow days. In the past, classified employees received two snow days.Janette Moser, spokeswoman for the paras at Thursday’s meeting, said the policy is inconsistent with another paraprofessional handbook policy written in April 2011 that is currently on the USD 353 website which enforces the previous policy.Moser also expressed disappointment that the paras were not properly informed of the measure by the board or the USD 353 administration, when the handbook was approved by the board in April and there was no place in the board minutes for which the new policy was discussed.Board President Jackie Berryman said she hated that there was a communication breakdown in the process, and will make sure there will be steps in the future to better inform classified employees.She did, however, defend the new policy, stating that although she wishes USD 353 could pay classified personnel more, those changes were made to help the overall district financially in order to make budget.•••••New calendarThe board approved the 2014-15 calendar which will be essentially the same as the year before with the exception of parent-teachers conference which will be moved back from February to January, as has been the case in years’ past.Adams said parent-teacher conference attendance was down due to the heavy scheduling in February and a basketball game.Wellington is on a 1,116 hour schedule which equates to 177 days. Wellington used to be the only school in the area that based its school hours on hourly rate. Other schools always used a daily rate of 180 to 185 days. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss said other school districts are getting in line with Wellington’s hourly rate because that is their way of making budget since less days means less expenses.•••••Snow daysWeiss said at this current time Wellington does not need to make up snow days. USD 353 called off school on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. However, if there is another snow day then it will need to be made up on an available open date. “It won’t be on spring break,” Weiss said. “That has become a sacred holiday for people traveling out of town.”•••••School safety rooms As was outlined last month (see story here), the board will be discussing the possibility of building safe rooms and making school buildings more safe from weather and criminal activity. The board agreed to discuss the issue further on Feb. 26 during a work session and invite various building site councils.Weiss warned that Senate Bill 305 is being contemplated in committee that will eliminate any state funding for public school construction. If the bill passes into law, the state will no longer help pay for public construction for anything after June 30. Currently, any bond issue passed by USD 353 voters will get 52 percent state aid. If this bill passes, USD 353 voters would pay for the full expense.“The theory is to cut property tax levels at the state level,” Weiss said. “But the money will have to come someplace so local taxpayers will be saddled with the full financial burden.“Either the taxpayers will have even higher property taxes or there will be no school construction projects at all. Regardless, it is another example that there are a group of people in Topeka who really don’t want public schools to survive.”•••••In other board news:•Patron Jerry Wilson suggested that the football field should be renamed after John Gifford, a longtime high school football assistant who recently retired.•Gerald Gilkey, Grant Director of Sumner County Drug Action Team, requested that Wellington High School participate in the “Life of the Athlete” Drug and Alcohol program.•Wellington Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth said that a new contract with the teachers are about to be signed on Monday. The information will be sent out to teachers thereafter. “It was a much better group to work with than the one’s we have had in the past,” said board member Angie Ratcliff.•Employment changes at USD 353 are as follows:Transfers: Stephanie Frazier from receptionist to data coordinator; Dean Houslouer from temporary grounds keeper/maintenance to Central Office and Roosevelt Coordinator.Resignations: Randy Strothman- Director of Driver’s Education; Cherity Elder – WHS head volleyball coach; Lis Aquilar – WHS assistant volleyball coach.Hirings: Hannah Shuck, WHS assistant softball coach; Stephanie Smith, WMS assistant boys tennis coach 2014 season; Shanna Fairbanks, WMS head boys tennis coach 2014 season; Rita O’Bryan, Circle of Friends Supplemental; and James Ginter, Circle of Friends Supplemental.last_img read more