By Rosemary K. Otzman
The Van Buren Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved two more employee contracts at Monday’s regular board meeting.
A two-year contract for the 21 members of the VB Association of Educational Secretaries had several concessions. It was ratified by the union on April 23.
In the past, the 10-month secretaries received 10 vacation days that they couldn’t take and then got paid for the two weeks at the end of the year in one lump sum. That has been discontinued, but could be reinstated for the 2014-15 school year, should the district’s financial condition improve. This saved about $32,000.
The contract also used to allow for $160 per secretary who works 30 hours or more to be set aside in a flexible spending account for secretary needs. That also has been discontinued. This was a savings of $3,200.
The total savings to the district was about $35,200 with the two concessions.
The second year of the July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015 agreement calls for an economic reopener.
Tuition reimbursement for classes to improve competency and skills on the job has been discontinued and there are changes to sick leave for family illness.
VB Administrators, Supervisors
The other contract approved by the board was a one-year agreement with the 16 members of the VB Administrators & Supervisors Association. It runs July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 and was ratified by the union on April 24.
The contract agrees to add six additional work days to their 2013-14 contract without additional pay. That was the only change.
Shonta Langford-Green, the district’s Director of Human Resources, said it will save the district an estimated $54,000 for them working extra days, expected to be split between the beginning and end of the school year, without extra compensation.
Board Treasurer Sherry Frazier questioned this being the only change in the contract, and no 5% pay cut.
Trustee Scott Russell admonished Frazier for asking about something that was discussed during private negotiations.
“They were not asked to give up any steps,” Frazier said, comparing them to the teachers’ agreement. She said they will be in the buildings for those six extra days without anyone to supervise.
In other business at the May 13 meeting, the board:
• Approved this summer’s Sinking Fund glass and glazing replacement projects for $590,333 by lone bidder Peterson Glass and the extension of parking lots at Edgemont and Rawsonville schools for $50,165 by Asphalt Specialist, Inc. (about $10,000 less than expected). Gino Del Pup of Plante Moran filled in for Paul Wills for the presentation on the projects;
• Approved terminating the following teachers as of June 30: Linda Clayton, 35 years, Owen, retirement; Lori Spangler, 34 years, Rawsonville, retirement; Stacy Tubbs, 11 years, BHS, resignation; Michael Komaromi, 10 years, BHS, resignation; John Raul Buison, 1 year, BHS, resignation; Cherita Hill, 1 year, Edgemont, resignation; Kimberly Henry, 1 year, Rawsonville, relocation; and Shannon Kelley, 1 year, BHS, resignation;
• Approved terminating the following support staff: Patty Burrell, secretary in Plant Operations, after 21 years of service as of June 30 because her position was eliminated; and Paula Young, after 31 years of service as a bus driver, as of June 14 for retirement;
• Approved a June 8 field trip to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, for about 120 of the McBride Middle School eighth grade band and choir members;
• Approved a Schools of Choice Declaration for the 2013-14 school year noting the district will offer a limited number of openings in all grades;
• Approved the Wayne RESA budget resolution and appointed School Board Secretary Kevin English to vote on behalf of the school board in the June 3 Wayne RESA Biennial Election; and
• Heard School Board President Brent Mikulski announce that the scheduled May 20 workshop is cancelled and the next workshop will be June 21 (which Frazier said was her birthday). The next board meeting will be June 3 at 7 p.m. at the BHS Auditorium for Employee Retirement Recognition. A disciplinary hearing, expected to be in closed-door session, was set for May 14.
By Rosemary K. Otzman