Wayne Co. School Board Approves $1 Per Hour Raise for Cafeteria Employees

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   The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. Board members present included Chairman Andy Yarbrough, Charity Horton, Dwight Bumphus, Greg Eaton, Camryn Eaton, and Debbie Brown. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present at the meeting as well. Board member Sherman Martin was absent.

   Chairman Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and invited all 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 September meeting, and the September ledger of accounts. Charity Horton made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Camryn Eaton, and was passed unanimously.

   The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 6 – Student – 6.100-6.209. Superintendent Davis had no recommended changes to the policy.

   TSBA Delegates were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis stated that Wayne County could have as many as three delegates for the Tennessee School Board Association virtual meeting being held on October 27th. He asked if anyone would like to serve as a delegate, and Camryn Eaton volunteered and agreed to serve.

   Superintendent Davis next gave a COVID-19 update, providing the board with the number of student and staff positive cases as well as the number quarantined. He noted an increase in the number of quarantined students and staff this week.

   Next on the agenda was a nurse update. Superintendent Davis stated that Ashley Jackson had been hired to serve as the nurse at Wayne County High School.

   Superintendent Davis then presented information about the school attendance schedule for students. Beginning on October 19th, traditional students will attend Tuesday through Friday each week. Mondays will be reserved for distance learning students. This schedule will continue through November 6th and be evaluated on November 4th. Davis then asked for board approval of the new schedule, and the motion to approve was unanimously passed.

   Tenure was the next item under new business. Superintendent Davis recommended the following teachers for tenure, stating that in order to be eligible for tenure, a teacher must have five continuous years of service with the system and have Level of Effectiveness scores of 4 or 5 for the previous two years. The teachers recommended for tenure were: Amber Venable, CMS; Jordan Williamson, CMS; Karen Warren, WES; Scott Hannah, CHS; Amelia Baer, WES; Anna Carroll, WES; and Lauren Roberson, WES. Greg Eaton made a motion to grant tenure to the teachers presented. Dwight Bumphus seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

   Non-faculty coaches were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented the following non-faculty coaches for approval, stating that all had satisfactory background checks: Bill Boyd, FHS; and Jason Culp, FHS. Dwight Bumphus made a motion to approve both coaches. Greg Eaton seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

   Budget amendments were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented several line-item budget amendments, with no money being added or taken away from the budget. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the amendments as presented, and Camryn Eaton seconded the motion. The budget amendments were unanimously approved on roll call vote.

    A CARES Act amendment was next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis asked to move the amendment on the agenda until after the Budget Committee report. He then requested board approval to allow the entire board to act as the Budget Committee. Charity Horton made a motion to allow the board to act as the Budget Committee, and Dwight Bumphus seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

   Superintendent Davis next presented the Budget Committee report, which was next under new business. He presented information about the cafeteria’s finances for the past two years, and proposed giving a $1 per hour raise to all cafeteria employees in lieu of the 1.2% raise they received at the beginning of the year. Following a lengthy discussion, Charity Horton made a motion to give all cafeteria employees a $1 per hour raise in addition to the 1.2% raise they received at the beginning of the year. The motion was seconded by Debbie Brown, and passed unanimously on roll call vote.

   The CARES Act amendment was then discussed, with Superintendent Davis requesting funds that had been initially set aside for cafeteria workers to be moved to janitorial supplies due to the increased cost of the supplies. He went on to say that a portion of these funds will be used for a bonus for custodial staff to be determined at a later date. Greg Eaton made a motion to approve Superintendent Davis’ request, and the motion was seconded by Charity Horton. The motion passed unanimously on roll call vote.

   With no further business to come before the board, Greg Eaton made a motion to adjourn. Dwight Bumphus seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.