The Times West Virginian

December 3, 2013

BOE approves $10,000 for local schools

Funds to be used for security, maintenance

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Board of Education approved an allocation of $10,000 to each school in the county at Monday’s meeting.

According to Superintendent of Schools Gary Price, he recommended the approval based on the way the schools have used the money in previous years.

“We’re proud to be able to make that money available,” Price said. “We are certainly impressed with how the schools have spent their allocation, and that’s why we continue to recommend it.”

Board president the Rev. James Saunders said the money is to be used by the schools for security and maintenance purposes, and that each school will provide the board with a detailed report of how it plans to use the money.

“We’re really proud of the schools and how they used the $10,000 last year,” board member Dr. Babette Simms said. “We hope they enjoy it as much and find as much benefit from it this year.”

Also at the meeting, the board approved an increase in extracurricular pay. Beginning Jan. 11, 2014, extracurricular pay will raise from $12.50 per hour to $15 per hour.

“I think the extracurricular pay increase has been needed for a couple years,” Simms said.

All board members agreed that the increase was long overdue and that they were happy to be able to approve it.

The board also approved a resolution adopting measurement periods for determining full-time employee status under the Affordable Care Act.

According to Price, before the act is implemented in 2015, there will be a measurement period and a reflection period.

“Together, the counties in RESA VII have agreed that we’re all going to work together and do similar proposals. That way we have some strength in supporting each other and understanding what it is,” Price said.

Price said the majority of board of education employees will not be affected, but some will.

“For some of our people who do not necessarily always work full-time, if they get a lot of work then they may very well qualify for insurance,” he said. “There are a few employees who may be affected, but we have to document what everyone is doing so we know if a few of them qualify for the insurance. This may provide some much needed insurance to some people.”

In other business:

• The board voted to support the West Virginia Education Association’s Competitive Pay campaign, which strives to push the governor and lawmakers to focus on raising salaries for teachers and support personnel in West Virginia.

• Jason Graser, an instructor at North Marion High School, was suspended for three days without pay for use of vulgarity and unethical language in the classroom that was directed at one or more students.

Email Kaylyn Christopher at kchristopher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter@KChristopherTWV.