EPC School Board approves contract in meeting

Sunday, November 17, 2002

In a short meeting Monday night, the East Poinsett County School Board voted to approve a contract and a personnel-related item. In the meeting, held on the Tyronza campus, directors voted 6-0 to approve the contract of Terri Boon, to serve as a teacher in the junior high computer lab, starting from Nov. 1 to the end of the school year (124 days.) Boon, who has served as a permanent substitute teacher at the school for several years, will be paid based on a federal salary schedule and will work in a new lab, with 35 computers and printers for students in grades 7-9. Supt. Gerald Jennings stated that the computers should be ready for student use in about two weeks, with Boon serving as a substitute in the meantime. The board also voted 6-0 to approve that upon retirement from the district, a teacher will be paid for unused sick days at substitute pay, for up to 90 days. Under current policy, teachers and staff are allowed to hold up to 90 days of sick time and are paid substitute pay for all days over the limit. Both teachers and administrators at the meeting stated that the current policy, as well as the updated policy gives teachers and staff incentive to do their job and they should be rewarded for their work. The policy change is also subject to the Personnel Policy Committee, a committee made up of teachers at the school.

In other action, the board:

*voted 6-0 to approve the financial statement and minutes from the month of Oct. 2002.

*heard from Supt. Jennings about the issue of Marked Tree school buses traveling into the EPC district. Jennings stated that a letter has been sent to the Marked Tree District, addressing the situation and that the subject would be brought up Tuesday night at the Marked Tree School Board meeting.

*heard from board member Ricky Cox on the issue of bathrooms in the Lepanto Elementary. Cox was told by Supt. Jennings that administrators suggested to staff that the bathrooms should be cleaned and that with talking to teachers, the situation may be better. However, board member Kevin Truelove stated that in his discussions with teachers at the school, the situation had seen "little improvement, at best."

The board also heard about maintenance items at the school, including bus repair and repairing a bathroom in the Lepanto Elementary.

It was announced that for the next three months, the board will meet on the Lepanto campus.

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