School security officer payment agreement before board

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Revisions in two pay agreements, one involving school security officers (SSOs) through the City of Rome and the other involving a union contract, will be considered at the Board of Education’s meeting tonight.

Among other items before the board will be various individual personnel items including granting of tenure and appointing a long-term substitute teacher.

The board meets at 6 p.m. today for department reports including educational programs and people operations, followed by the regular meeting agenda at 7 p.m. The meeting is not open for public attendance due to COVID-19 considerations. The public can access it through a virtual Zoom format using a link at https://moric-org.zoom.us/j/92136342738 online. On the agenda:

• A resolution calls for approving an amendment to the agreement with the City of Rome for the assignment of SSOs in schools for a term that began at the start of the current school year and expires at the end of the 2022-23 year.

The school district and the city wish to enter an amendment to clarify that compensation owed by the district to the city shall be pro-rated based on actual hours worked by the SSOs, according to the resolution. It also notes the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in state and county governments declaring a state of emergency, and has resulted in some SSOs not being available for the full seven-hour shift required by the agreement.

The board last April approved a three-year agreement for SSOs, who are retired police officers and armed. The agreement, expanding on a 2018 SSO agreement, called for up to seven SSOs on a given day, including five in elementary schools, one at Strough Middle School, and one at Rome Free Academy.

Their pay was to be $210 per day per officer assigned.

• A proposed memorandum of agreement between the district and the CSEA union for aides, teaching assistants, monitors and cafeteria employees calls for the collective bargaining agreement/contract to reflect a change in wages due to the new minimum wage.

The resolution to accept the memorandum of agreement notes the district and the union are parties to a contract that was through June 30, 2020, and a successor contract has not yet been negotiated. It also states the contract sets forth hourly wages for the employees, and that effective Dec. 31 the state’s minimum wage changed.

• Among individual personnel items, a resolution calls for granting tenure, effective Dec. 4 of 2020, to school district Director of Counseling Services Amanda Jones. Tenure, typically considered after a probationary period, guarantees due process in the event that dismissal charges are faced and it is considered in future assignments.

Also, a resolution to appoint an instructional long-term sub lists math teacher Athena Hoffman at Strough, effective Jan. 25 through June 30, at a pro-rated salary of $48,940.

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