PCSSD - Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: August 26, 2014

Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: August 26, 2014

Present: Chairperson Pam Fitzgiven, Loveida Ingram, Robert Austin, Judy Stockrahm, Jackie Smith, Janice Warren, and Paul Brewer

I. Call to Order:

4:58 p.m., Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Conference Room B

II. Approval of Agenda:

Motion to approve agenda made by Austin; seconded by Ingram. Motion carried.

III. Approval of May Minutes:

Motion to approve May minutes made by Austin; seconded by Ingram. Motion carried.

IV. District Leadership Committee for African-Americans Only:

According to Warren, Shawn Burgess created the Aspiring Black Principals as part of our Plan 2000. It should have been implemented prior to 2013-2014. The Court informed our district that we had to have something implemented to prove we are trying to increase the number of African Americans in leadership positions in our district. It is a 2 year program.

V. Beginning of School Year:

Chairperson Fitzgiven inquired about whether or not administration was endorsing or condoning the way teachers had been spoken to during one the in-service days at SHMS by Central Office Administration. Many complaints had been made by teachers for how they were being spoken to by CO administration. Warren stated that teachers should have never been spoken to in that way, and she would address it.

VI. First Pay Check:

Chairperson Fitzgiven questioned why a few new teachers and IF’s did not receive paychecks. According to Brewer, Kristy Manees was out on sick leave, and she is the one that takes care of pay checks. Austin voiced his concern that the district doesn’t have people crossed trained for instances such as this. Brewer said that they were in the process of training others. Another reason for some new teachers not receiving a pay check is that the district may not have received all the necessary paperwork to put the teachers in the system. Once all paperwork has been received, they will receive their paychecks. According to Brewer, IFs who did not receive a paycheck was due to Principals at individual schools not sending in a Green Sheet to prove that the IF was rehired after receiving a nonrenewal.

The Committee recognized Connie in Payroll for her hard work and for her dedication to making sure teachers received a hand written check and were paid that Friday.

VII. PPC Election:

The person taking Bender’s place will assume a 3 year term. Timeline for the Certified PPC election and the election process was discussed and will be sent out to all teachers. Motion to accept the timeline and the election process with a correction to the date from October 1 to October 3 made by Ingram; seconded by Stockrahm.

Motion carried by unanimous vote.

VIII. Social Media Policy:

A revision to the current policy has been made by Deb Roush, PCSSD’s Attorney Whitney Moore, and CAB member Lindsey Gustafson. In May, the CAB voted to accept the Policy with the understanding it would be revised with input from administration, the CAB, and the Certified PPC. Chairperson Fitzgiven reminded the PPC that we are to make revisions and that it was not a final proposal. Austin voiced his concern of the policy violating employees’ First Amendment rights, and he shared an article “Shutting Teachers Up.”

After some discussion, the Committee made a few changes to the revised copy.

Motion to change the revised title Personnel Social Networking and Ethics to Personnel Social Media Policy; to delete the first paragraph in Section B p. 2; add Social Media to the first sentence of the second paragraph after “District”; and delete the last sentence of the second paragraph and replace it with “In the event of nondisclosure, the matter may be turned over to proper authorities” was made by Austin; seconded by Stockrahm.

Motion carried by unanimous vote. 

IX. 2% Salary Increase:

Insurance premiums are going up. Every year teachers make less with the professional growth being taken away. Chairperson Fitzgiven will explain the professional growth to the CAB because they don’t seem to understand the amount of money some of our licensed personnel have lost. The Committee all agreed that licensed personnel need a pay increase to the salary schedule.

Motion to propose a 2% increase to the base of the current salary schedule was made by Ingram; seconded by Austin.

Motion carried by a unanimous vote.

X. Adjournment

6:48 p.m.

Submitted by: Judy Stockrahm, M.Ed., Certified PPC Secretary