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Deductible day requests discussed

September 6, 2010
Deductible day requests from school employees often fall in between school board meetings, putting administrators in a position to grant or deny them sooner. During a meeting of the Personnel/Athletics and Co-Curricular Committee of the Warren County School District board of directors last week, members held a discussion on the topic. The item appeared under the “Other” heading on the agenda and did not require action. Director of Instructional Technology/Communications Amy Stewart said she has heard frustration from some board members. Often, she said they approve the requests after employees already took the days off. Stewart said the district has to designate an avenue for the requests in contractual labor agreements. The board could designate the authority to the administration, she said. The district’s contract with the Warren County Educational Support Personnel Association states an employee may take up to 15 days of unpaid leave each year at the discretion of the board. The language appears in Article XI, Section 4. “The Board shall treat all employees equally when acting on such requests,” the contract states. “All other benefits of this Agreement shall continue during leaves under this Section.” A similar contract between the district and the Warren County Education Association differs for professional staff. Section 5.12 states other leaves of absence with or without pay may be granted by the board with the grant or denial based upon the reason for the request, needs of the district and needs of the school affected. Committee member Jack Werner said he didn’t know why the administration could not field the requests. Committee member Paul Yourchisin agreed. Committee Chairman Thomas Knapp said the district has an administration to handle these types of situations. In his opinion, he said administrators should serve this function. Board member Kim Angove said she had no problem with administrators granting or denying deductible day requests. However, she said she would want to see who oversees the responsibility. Board President Arthur Stewart said although the board can delegate the task to the administration, he would not want to deny anybody the ability to present a request to the board. He said they should have an opportunity to appeal a decision beyond the administrative level. “I don’t know how anybody would have a complaint with that,” Stewart said.


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