Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

March 18, 2014

Meeting attendees comment on board policies

ST. LEON – Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. trustees heard comments from several school employees and community members regarding two board policies.

Leon Kraus, SDCSC maintenance department head, spoke on behalf of his department as well as other support staff. He said some of the maintenance workers and custodians have health problems or illnesses or have recently had surgery. “Some of us could be using this as a crutch which could mean poor performance, but we don’t. We all do a good job.

“It is time to stop taking from us .... Take some action and change this change in overtime.”

He was referring to Policy 4413, which states, “It is the intention of the school board to compensate support staff members for overtime work when such is previously approved and properly performed.”

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hendrix said this means overtime will be paid after 40 hours are actually worked. However, there are times when the noncertified staff members take personal, sick or vacation days during the week. For example, “someone takes a day off on a Monday with a personal day. He is paid for that eight hours off. He comes in and works Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday” for eight hours each day. “That’s 32 hours of a 40-hour week. Then on Saturday, he works eight hours and gets paid for that.

“Some people think the Saturday hours should be overtime, and they’re wanting to be paid time and a half, but there were only 40 hours that were actually worked.” The rest was time that was taken off.

Member John McKay commented, “Vacation, sick and personal days ... should count as time worked.” Member Joe Graf agreed.

Trustee Brandon Burress reported, “I would like to know in dollar amount and hour amounts what we’re talking about.”

President Jeff Lyness pointed out, “We has board members have to set the policy .... (and) have to take into account everyone in the hourly realm. I appreciate and value all the custodians and maintenance staff.”

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