2010-09-30 / Local & State

SF Oks Support Staff Collective Bargaining Pact

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Southern Fulton School Board tackled a somewhat light agenda last Tuesday and spent a good deal of time behind closed doors discussing negotiations and a possible real estate transaction.

The nine-member board took 15 minutes of a 30-minute work session on September 21 to discuss several agenda items in private. Among those items were a possible timber management plan and the proposed support staff collective bargaining agreement.

The board returned to those same topics later in the evening during their monthly meeting. Following the 60-minute executive session, the board reconvened at 10:35 p.m. to only take action on the bargaining agreement. The three-year agreement was approved retroactive to July 1, 2009, with six members in favor. Fellow board members Patrick Bard and Danny Crouse dissented, while Allen Morton abstained from voting.

A copy of the agreement has been been requested by the “News” and will be released publicly upon receipt.

In other matters, the board accepted the resignation of assistant track and field coach Jon Diffenderfer with regret.

Melissa Barton, social science teacher, received approval for an unpaid leave of absence through Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Barton’s leave is anticipated to begin November 12 and conclude January 28, 2011.

Cynthia Layton was given a nod of approval to serve in the capacity of National Honor Society advisor. Meanwhile, Stephanie Mills will serve as junior high assistant girls basketball coach, and Brian Mottern will be junior high assistant softball coach.

Terry Shade, Stephanie Hartman, Andy Brown, Cynthia Layton and Carolyn Mottern were appointed to jointly serve as game managers. A total salary of $3,633 will be shared between the five game managers.

Elementary basketball volunteers for the 2010-11 school year are Brian Mottern, Tammi Ifert, Linda Francis, Bailey Elbin, Macey Hollenshead, Tom Strait, Becky Ray and Allen Morton.

Pending the completion of necessary paperwork, Alees Splendore and Rebecca Bragg will fill in as substitute teachers.

Nina Zimmerman will serve as a long-term substitute teacher for special education teacher Ellen Glunt beginning October 12. Zimmerman’s daily rate of pay has been set at $115.

Kelly Sipes, who is associated with the Americorp, will provide transition activities, training and evaluation for special-ed students over a 10-month period. Sipes’ position is funded through Intermediate Unit funds and grants.

Manito will provide counseling services to children at no additional cost to the agreement. Any costs associated with those services will be billed directly by Manito to Medical Access or private insurance. In addition, CAMCO will provide OT services between September 24 and January 18, 2011.

Superintendent Trail is slated to visit Lehigh Technical Institute on October 12. Overnight accommodations for the trip will not exceed $100.

Elyse Bennett will take members of the junior and senior classes for a tour of Shippensburg University on October 20.

Approval was granted for the second reading of several policies, including three involving uncompensated leave for administrative, professional and support staff; and one for local board procedures, student representation.

On an 8-1 roll-call vote, the first reading of a policy dealing with operations, meal accounts was approved. Board member Allen Morton voted against the policy, citing a problem he had with the district telling students what they could and couldn’t buy with their money. Board President Kenny Wuertenberg was assured vegan options are available for those who can’t consume a bologna and cheese sandwich.

Eighth-grade students Megan Williams and Brianne Wawro appeared before the board on September 21 to share with the group their Power Point presentations on the Medal of Honor Program and two specific recipients. The Medal of Honor is the highest medal awarded by the U.S. government and was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.

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