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The Natrona County School District’s Staffing Standing Committee met on October 2. The meeting began with comments/concerns from representatives from each of the four employee associations. The comments are as follows:
NCASE: Need additional support at 4/3 schools. See a need for additional nurses. These two issues are still being discussed through NCASE. NCASE representatives will bring forward to staffing once there is a recommendation from NCASE.
NCEA: No comments.
SEIO: Concerns about the custodial/maintenance model being completed.
NCAESS: Discussed the need for additional days for clerical staff at the high schools, and the need for an additional day for the Athletic Activities Facility. This issue needs to be discussed through NCAESS to formulate a recommendation for staffing.
After hearing association comments, meeting leader Dr. Crystal Mueller began a discussion around the establishment of new goals for the committee. Past goals included specific dates, which had passed, causing the need to establish the new goals.
The committee members split into smaller groups to discuss the creation of new goals. Based on feedback from the smaller group gatherings minor changes will be made to the goals. The new goals will be fleshed out by staff and reviewed a final time at a future meeting.
Dr. Mueller then reported that currently there are some scheduling issues when it comes to getting the group together to tour similar-sized districts as part of the effort to develop a new custodian/maintenance service model. However, the plan remains the same, and several districts have been contacted and will welcome our group when they can get together and travel.
The committee then discussed adult units, starting with a discussion about the story of the adult units. These adult units are to be used to compensate leaders at respective campuses or buildings for school improvement activities. The adult units previously were used for department chair and coordinators. There are 422 units available or $220,684.90 for adult activities for school improvement. In addition, the committee will be including the C&I School Improvement funds ($212,000), which has been used for positions such as at risk facilitators.
The committees once again split into their groups and their discussions centered on several points of interest into the allocation of the adult units. Those points of interest included: an interest in equity, an interest in ensuring that the allocation is agile as the system changes, an interest in fostering leadership opportunities throughout buildings and campuses, an interest in recognizing those employees that aren’t building-based, and an interest in valuing people’s time.
The next scheduled Staffing Committee meeting is November 6. Agenda will include continued discussion on adult units and differences in special education staffing calculation at elementary and secondary.
Attendance: Crystal Mueller (Leader), Dawn Cummings (Recorder), Cheryl Caster (HR), Steve Ellbogen (NCASE), Ted Hanson (NCASE), Scott Honken (NCASE), Wayne Carlson (SEIO), Gayle Schnorenberg (NCAESS), Kathy Sedmak (NCAESS), Dirk Andrews (NCEA), Wayne Tuttle (NCEA), Connie Brasel (SEIO), Wendy MacGregor (NCEA), Sonja Leimback (NCEA), Jeff Brewster (HR), Mark Mathern (Cabinet), Allen Bruggman (Community Partnerships), Jason Wynia (SEIO)