As on ongoing effort to address pay-equality issues raised by teachers, Marion County Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares previewed a verification form that will enable some employees to get an additional $500 stipend for work not covered in their regular contracts at the board meeting Monday night.

Under an agreement that Phares reached with the teacher’s representatives in March and formally approved by the board with the passage of next year’s budget Monday night, professional employees may earn the stipend for everything from taking college classes to writing grants.

“We asked them to list all the things they do that they’re not compensated for,” Phares said.

The employees are required to submit a verification form documenting their additional work with the approval of their supervisor. The teachers will can receive the stipends once a school year, in either the spring or fall terms, depending on when they submit their verification.

Professional employees aren’t the only ones eligible for the stipend, though.

“We are in the process of working on the service personnel verification,” Phares told the board. He, along with Gary Price, administrative assistant for human resources, said the service personnel version is more complicated, because as hourly employees, they’re not exempt from overtime.

“We have to make sure that what they’re doing to earn the stipend doesn’t qualify as overtime,” Phares told the board.

Price said a version of the form would be ready by the board’s next meeting.

Also at the meeting, board members voted down a proposal to spend $260 to $350 for the West Virginia School Boards Association spring training teleconference.

“My recommendation would be that we not spend the money, because it’s not worth it,” Michael Welty, board president, said.

The board also approved:

• the Needs Grant Agreement with the School Building Authority for the Jayenne Elementary School. The total grant is $2.4 million.

• the purchase of 10 laptop computers for $12,190 and seven desktop computers for $6,153 from Dell. The computers are for new special education programs at East Fairmont High School. The laptops will replace outdated models already in use.

The board’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the Barnes Learning Center.

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