The Classified Personnel Policy Committee met in Conference Room B of the Central Office at 1:30 p.m. on March 19, 2015. In attendance were Bill Goff, Julie Welfel, Becky Del Rio, Clint Walker, Charles Blake, Emry Chesterfield, Claude Johnson. Derek Scott and Loria Bryant were absent.
Chairperson Clint Walker called the meeting to order at 1:35 p.m. Because of a scheduling conflict with another meeting, Bill Goff asked that he present his proposals under new business at the start of the meeting. The chair agreed to begin the meeting with new business.
Bill Goff presented a proposal to the Classified PPC to consider regarding supplemental insurance for the employees. He presented that the law requires an average of 30 hours per week of an employee’s contracted days to be eligible for health insurance and not the nine hundred hours per year which is in current policy. Suggestions were made requiring the wording and he was asked to resubmit it with the changes. Emry Chesterfield moved and Claude seconded to table the proposal until the next meeting to allow for discussion with the classified staff the PPC represents and for Bill Goff to make any wording changes.
Bill Goff presented the following proposal to the Classified PPC to consider regarding the use of direct deposit for all paychecks:
Distribution of Paychecks
Beginning July 1, 2015, all paychecks will be issued by Direct Deposit. Employees may obtain the Direct Deposit Authorization Form from the District’s web site or from the office of their immediate supervisor. The authorization form must be submitted to the district’s payroll office at least thirty days prior to the employee’s first paycheck for the 2015-2016 school year.
The district will make available a pay card whereby an employee’s paycheck can be direct deposited if a bank account is not available. Information regarding the pay card can be obtained from the district’s web site or from the district’s payroll department.
Becky Del Rio moved and Clint Walker seconded the motion to adopt the proposal. Motion passed with five yeas and two nays. Emry Chesterfield and Claude Johnson voted nay.
Paul Brewer presented proposed changes to the current Family Medical Leave Act section of the PPC manual in an effort to clarify the language and to stay within compliance with federal law. After discussion, Paul Brewer was asked to represent the proposal at the next meeting after adding the wording:
Employees eligible for health insurance with Pulaski County Special School District would be also eligible for Family Medical Leave.
Bill Goff moved and Julie Welfel seconded that the FMLA proposal be tabled until the next meeting. Motion carried.
The Classified PPC was informed that a letter from Tony Wood, Commissioner of Education dated March 17, 2015 was received stating “Based upon the recommendation of the Pulaski County Special School District Community Advisory Board, I hereby affirm the Board’s recommendation to adopt the JNPSD Detachment Certified Personnel Policy and the JNPSD Detachment Classified Personnel Policy as proposals and to refer the proposals to the appropriate Personnel Policy Committee.” Copies of the letter were distributed to the Classified PPC. The PPC was informed that it had ten working days to respond to this letter regarding the Classified PPC’s recommendations regarding this matter.
Emry Chesterfield made the following policy proposal:
I move that Classified Employees choose which district they would like to stay in and to use only one seniority center.
Claude Johnson seconded the motion. After discussion, motion passed with four yeas, two nays (Julie Welfel, Clint Walker).
Becky Del Rio moved that the following proposal be adopted and the motion was seconded Charles Blake.
Beginning July 1, 2015, District seniority will mean the most recent period of continuous employment in the District as a contracted employee based on their hire date. Temporary employees without a written contract will not accrue seniority. An employee’s resignation or retirement will terminate District seniority. A termination for cause or voluntary quit will terminate seniority in all cases.
Claude moved and Charles Blake seconded the motion to table this motion until the next meeting.
Charles Blake moved to adjourn the meeting at 4 p.m. Claude seconded the motion. Motion carried. The next meeting is scheduled for March 31, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room B.
Becky Del Rio, Secretary
Approved April 8, 2015