Cafeteria Workers Address School Board Regarding Pay

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   The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. All board members were present, including Chairman Andy Yarbrough, Greg Eaton, Barry Hanback, Sherman Martin, Charity Horton, Dwight Bumphus, and Pat Brown. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present at the meeting as well.

   Chairman Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and invited those in attendance to participate in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

   The first items on the agenda included adoption of the consent items, minutes of the May meeting, and the May ledger of accounts. Dwight Bumphus made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Barry Hanback, and was passed unanimously.

   The only item on the agenda under old business was the second reading of the CHS baseball field proposal. This proposal would rename the CHS/CMS baseball field in honor of Adam Andrews. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the second reading of the proposal, and Greg Eaton seconded the motion. The proposal was unanimously approved by the board.

   The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 5 Personnel – 5.201-5.310. Superintendent Davis had no recommended changes to the policy.

   COVID-19 policy updates were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis discussed the framework for reopening that is being developed, and outlined some of the state suggestions as well.

   Next under new business was survey data. Superintendent Davis shared results from a survey he sent to parents concerning their opinions on reopening schools, and provided copies of the results to all board members. He said that the survey was still open, and he would share more results later.

   Waivers for annual board training and other policy waivers needed due to the COVID-19 closure were next on the agenda. Pat Brown made a motion to approve the list of waivers. Sherman Martin seconded the motion, and the waivers were approved.

   Next on the agenda was the CARES Act. Superintendent Davis outlined the school district’s CARES Act plan, which includes funding for virtual instruction and additional pay for cafeteria workers during the COVID-19 closure.

   An update on grants was next. Superintendent Davis provided information concerning various grants for which district has already applied as well as grants they are planning to apply for in the future.

   Superintendent Davis next presented the consolidated application for federal funds, which he explained requires annual board approval. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the consolidated application, and Pat Brown seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

   Bids for technology and WMS classroom renovations were next on the agenda. Superintendent presented the following bids for Chromebooks: Howard Technology, $250 (Asus); Firefly Computers, $235 (HP); PCS, $212 (Lenovo); Tech Express, $227; Troxell-CDI, $226.95. The following bids were presented for interactive flat panels: PCS-Promethean, 75” Nickel-$2450.00, 75” Titanium-$3150.00, 86” Nickel-$4250.00, 86” Titanium-$4750.00. Superintendent Davis recommended accepting the bids from Firefly Computers and CDI for Chromebooks. He said that although the low bid was for Lenovo Chromebooks, those have not been reliable in the past. He went on to recommend PCS for Promethean Boards. He also stated that no bids were received for classroom renovations, and that the deadline for receiving bids had been extended. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the superintendent’s recommendations on the bids. Dwight Bumphus seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously on roll call vote.

   Budget amendments were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented several line-item budget amendments to the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget before it is closed out. Barry Hanback made a motion to approve the amendments as presented. Sherman Martin seconded the motion, and the budget amendments were approved unanimously on roll call vote.

   The final item of new business on the agenda was the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget. Superintendent Davis presented the budget to the board as recommended by the budget committee. The budget does not include a raise for certified staff, but does include a 1.2% raise for non-certified staff. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the budget as presented. Charity Horton seconded the motion, and the budget was approved unanimously on roll call vote.

   Chairman Yarbrough then asked if anyone in the audience would like to address the board. A representative of the district’s cafeteria workers addressed the board regarding the petition that was sent to board members concerning a raise for cafeteria workers. After a lengthy discussion, Chairman Yarbrough outlined the current situation of the cafeteria budget and funding. He said that he would continue to explore ways to improve pay for cafeteria workers. Workers in the audience expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to address the board, and the board’s willingness to explore more options.

   With no further business to come before the board, Barry Hanback made a motion to adjourn. Sherman Martin seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.