Odessa passes on pay increase vote
ODESSA—The Odessa-Montour school board took no action on two agenda items, Thursday, Oct. 13, including a pay increase for non-contract hourly employees.
The increase would have been 25 cents per hour for monitors, substitute cleaners, substitute food service helpers, substitute monitors, substitute teacher aides and substitute typists. Because no one made a motion, followed by a second, the board never commented on the increase during the meeting.
The other item that was not voted on was a field trip to Pittsburgh for the senior high band and chorus. Board President Debra Harrington said the two motions were “off the table.”
After the meeting Superintendent Jim Frame explained, “if no one brings (a motion) forward it dies.” He added that a board member can bring the item back up for a vote at a later date.
Addressing the pay increase, “Frame said I guess it didn’t have enough legs with the board.” He said that while the field trip was also not voted on, he said he was sure there would a trip.
In other business: The board heard a presentation from Dave Kabel, GST BOCES food service director, about a lunch charging policy. He said that already this year, B.C. Cate students have amassed $115 in unpaid charges, $257 at Hanlon, and $305 at the high school. He explained this averages out to 83 cents in charges per student. Kabel said Odessa-Montour doesn’t have a full charging policy in place and added creating one is no easy task. He did suggest that the high school not allow students to charge for meals.
• Students from all three schools presented to the board for school board recognition week.
• Harrington brought up a concern she had from the claims audit concerning 10 claims paid without purchase orders. She added they were all high dollar amounts. Business Administrator Greg Dale said one item he knew about, $174,000, was a regular payment for the co-generator. He explained it was a payment the district knew was coming. Harrington suggested that is these cases a generic purchase order be approved with an expected cost so there is paperwork on file before the purchase is made.
• Frame said the board would be getting more information at upcoming meetings on the next round of renovations as part of the capital project.
• A $113.23 donation from the Target Take Charge of Education Program was accepted.
• Chris Wood, athletic manager, reported that students have cleaned out and rearranged the trophy cases. He explained the school will showcase first place and championship trophies. Wood added the other awards that were in the cases are being archived.