PCSSD - Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: Feb. 11, 2014

Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: Feb. 11, 2014

Conference Room

Present: Chairperson Pam Fitzgiven, Robert Austin, Loveida Ingram, Joyce Bender, Judy Stockrahm, Jackie Smith, Paul Brewer, Janice Warren, Superintendent Guess, and District Attorneys: Allen Roberts and Whitney Moore

I. Call to Order: 4:51 p.m.

II. Approval of Minutes and Agenda

  1. Motion to approve the agenda was made by Ingram; seconded by Austin. Warren objected to 3rd item that allowed teachers to speak to the committee regarding the report cards. Brewer made motion to remove presentations by teachers in person regarding report cards and to change the date from 2013 to 2014. Ingram seconded. Motion carried.
  2. Motion to approve minutes by Ingram. Brewer seconded. Motion carried.

III. Elementary Report Cards:

Handouts were presented from Chairperson Fitzgiven written by teachers giving feedback on the standards based report cards. Warren stated written feedback is appreciated and will be shared with Elementary administrators. Brewer made motion to table report card discussion to allow report card committee to handle the issue and to have concerns go to either Warren or the PPC. Chairperson Fitzgiven amended motion to say that the presenters would not address the PPC but would be able to speak with Dr. Bednar. Bender seconded. Motion carried.

IV. PLC Survey and Recommendation:

Dr. Bednar was asked to speak to the committee to discuss the recommendation made by the committee on how to address PLC’s. Because she was meeting with teachers about the report cards, she will be asked to speak at the next PPC meeting. V. Workplace Bullying: Handout was presented by Chairperson Fitzgiven “Robert’s Language Suggestion and Improved Language Suggestion”. With some discussion and changes to the language the committee agreed that the following language be added to the proposed definition of workplace bullying: “Workplace bullying will not be tolerated in the Pulaski County Special School District. Complaints regarding workplace bullying among staff members should be made to the school/worksite principal or administrative supervisor. Complaints regarding workplace bullying by an administrator should be made to the Director of Elementary Education or Director of Secondary Education or Chief Executive Officer (Human Resources). Those found to have engaged in workplace bullying will be subject to progressive discipline, which may lead to suspension and/or termination.”

Motion to accept the above agreed language to be added to the personnel policies made by Austin; seconded by Ingram. Motion carried.
YES votes: Fitzgiven, Stockrahm, Bender, Austin, Ingram, Brewer, Warren, Smith
NO votes: none
Not voting: none

VI. Superintendent’s Recommendation to Proposed Language Changes:

  1. Dress Code: After some discussion, the committee agreed to accept two sentences from the Superintendent’s recommended dress code language as the proposed language change to the dress code policy. “Appropriate dress and personal appearance of employees is important in creating and maintaining the image of professional educators. It is the requirement of PCSSD that the dress and the personal appearance of employees be neat, clean, and appropriate for their assignment.”
    Austin made a motion to accept the dress code language as a compromise to replace the current dress code policy; seconded by Ingram. Motion carried.
    YES vote: Fitzgiven, Stockrahm, Bender, Austin, Ingram, Brewer, Warren, Smith
    NO vote: none
    Not voting: none
  2. Deletion of Sick Leave Language: The Superintendent recommends that the language on p. 59 #3 remains as is with an added sentence “If this requirement for a physician’s statement conflicts with any other policy regarding leave, the policy regarding the type of leave requested shall control.” The committee had proposed to delete #3 from the policies, but after some discussion, the committee agreed to leave item #3 with a change in the number of days to read as follows: “The employee may use up to ten (10) days without a physician statement requirement. For absences after the ten (10) days stated above, a physician’s statement may be required by the building principal or the employee’s immediate supervisor. If this requirement for a physician’s statement conflicts with any other policy regarding leave, the policy regarding the type of leave requested shall control.”
    Austin made the motion to amend item #3 p. 59 as a compromise to the Superintendent’s recommendation; seconded by Warren. Motion carried.
    YES vote: Fitzgiven, Stockrahm, Bender, Austin, Ingram, Brewer, Warren, Smith
    NO vote: none
    Not voting: none
  3. Sick Leave Bank: Handout presented by Brewer stating the number of days contributed and used by both classified and certified staff, and includes the number of sick leave days in the bank prior to the loss of the Professional Negotiations Agreement (PNA). The Superintendent is still recommending one sick leave bank committee to manage both classified and certified sick leave. Chairperson Fitzgiven disagrees. She believes there should be two separate banks. She also believes teachers that need sick leave, regardless of whether or not it is catastrophic, should be able to borrow days with some kind of pay back system to keep the bank from going bankrupt. There was discussion of having something in place for catastrophic and for ordinary, everyday happenings (i.e. child is sick and you are out of days).
    Bender made a motion to table any further discussion of the sick leave bank until March’s meeting; seconded by Ingram. Motion carried.
    YES vote: Fitzgiven, Stockrahm, Bender, Ingram, Austin, Brewer, Warren, Smith
    NO vote: none
    Not voting: none

VII. Adjournment: 7:17 p.m.

Minutes submitted by Judy Stockrahm, PPC Secretary