HR savings questioned
September 14, 2010
A school board member believes a recent decision to reconfigure the district’s human resources department did not accomplish one of its goals, prompting questions about its supposed cost savings.
During Monday’s meeting of the Warren County School District Board of Directors, Board Member Kim Angove brought up the issue. She did so under future business for committee review, requiring no board action.
Angove claimed a comparison between the 2009 salary costs for administrators with the beginning of the current school year showed a 3.5 increase. It represented $165,000 more spent, she said.
Despite the increase, Angove said the move cut two positions. She asked the Personnel/Athletics and Co-Curricular Committee to look into the discrepancy.
Board Member Donna Zariczny said not every member voted for the move to save money. Instead, she said some saw an educational benefit with extra principals in school buildings.
Angove said the human resources department continues to run smoothly. However, she said she never saw a connection between the principals and cuts to the department.
Board President Art Stewart said the full board should see a report instead of a committee addressing the issue. He said the report should include the figures detailing costs.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Terrill said he has the numbers in an itemized spreadsheet. He said the move included adding one full-time assistant principal.
“There’s no way we didn’t reduce costs,” Terrill said. “I’d be glad to provide a report.”
Angove said she based her calculations on the administrative salaries the board approved earlier in the meeting. She said she verified the figures did not take into account the reduced staff.