PCSSD - Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: June 23, 2014

Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: June 23, 2014

Phone Conference

Present: Committee Members: Chair Pam Fitzgiven, Robert Austin, Loveida Ingram, Paul Brewer, Jackie Smith, Janice Warren

Non-Committee Members: Superintendent Dr. Guess, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bednar, Deb Roush, and Will Reid

I. Dress Code:

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) in last month’s board meeting sent the dress code proposal back to the committee to make recommended changes. The PPC rewrote the dress code policy to satisfy the board’s recommendation. The PPC voted unanimously via email to accept the following proposal (added language is in bold):

Appropriate dress and personal appearance of employees is important in creating and maintaining the image of professional educators and role models. Therefore, it is the requirement of PCSSD that the dress and personal appearance be neat, clean, modest, and appropriate for their assignments.

The Superintendent is not in agreement with this language. He did make changes to his proposal by deleting some language that the CAB disagreed with. The following is his proposal for the dress code:

Appropriate dress and personal appearance of employees is important in creating and maintaining the image of professional educators and role models. Therefore, it is a requirement of these policies that the dress and personal appearance of employees be neat, clean, modest, and appropriate for their assignments. It is also required that the dress and personal appearance of employees be consistent with additional rules established from time to time by administrators to specifically meet particular problems as  and when they arise. To be effective such rules must be promulgated consistently with the Disciplinary Action section of these policies section of these policies so that they can be enforced by discipline and challenged through the grievance procedure as to their reasonableness.

Both proposals will be introduced to the CAB Tuesday, June 24 for their recommendation to Dr. Kimbrell.

II. Evaluation Policy:

The Superintendent proposed a policy that outlines the evaluation process for teachers and administrators. After some discussion of the proposed policy and the current law that governs TESS (6-17-2801 through 2809), a motion to accept the proposal with two changes to the proposal was made by Warren; seconded by Smith; motion carried. The PPC voted unanimously to accept the proposed policy with two changes that would specifically cite the law. Administration agreed to the changes.

The proposed policy will be introduced to the CAB Tuesday, June 24 for their recommendation to Dr. Kimbrell.

III. Social Media Policy:

The Superintendent proposed a social media policy. Though the PPC is in agreement that the district needs a social media policy there were some concerns over how the proposed policy is written. Deb Roush agreed that it was not written as well as it should be but felt that it was better than not having a policy at all. Chair Fitzgiven stated that she was concerned that this would bring about possible grievances and lawsuits against the district. The Superintendent stated it would be good if grievances were filed because that is the best way to test whether or not you have a good policy. After some lengthy discussion, a motion to accept the proposed policy was made by Brewer; seconded by Smith; motion was split. The vote was split 3 to 3. 

Voting to Accept: Brewer, Smith, and Warren 
Voting Not to Accept: Austin, Fitzgiven, and Ingram

The proposed policy on social media will be presented as a split decision of the PPC to the CAB Tuesday, June 24 for their recommendation to Dr. Kimbrell.

Minutes Submittted by: Pam Fitzgiven