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Communication from CIC
The Compact Issues Committee (CIC), a representative group of NCSD stakeholders, met on April 14-16, 2015 to generate an employee compensation recommendation to be given to the Board of Trustees for consideration with the 2015-2016 budget. The CIC also reviewed and accepted recommended updated employee group work agreements and addressed the following Ad hoc recommendations:
The Wyoming state legislature appropriated funding for an External Cost Adjustment (ECA) to the funding model. The committee worked to use these funds to create equitable compensation for all employee groups based on national and local markets.
The Compact Issues Committee has recommended over $2.5 million towards employee compensation and benefits.
CIC’s recommendation is to:
Communication to Natrona County School District Regarding Child Care Center
The Natrona County School District (NCSD) Childcare Ad hoc has been meeting since 2011 regarding the possibility of creating an employee childcare center. In January 2014, the Childcare Ad hoc recommended that Compact Issues Committee (CIC) consider adding this benefit to the employee compensation package. CIC requested a detailed business plan. A plan was developed and presented on February 4, 2015. After consideration of the following factors, CIC came to consensus that this benefit will not be funded.
The Childcare Ad hoc conducted a survey that indicated employees would use the service. In order to serve at least 50% of interested employees, care would be needed for approximately 125 children, ages 12 month to school age, for 10 months of the year.
The business plan included start up costs, personnel costs, facility, and on-‐going expenses. The biggest barriers identified were start-‐up costs and finding a facility. Start-‐up costs were conservatively estimated at over $500,000 not including the facility. According to State Facilities Commission guidelines, Natrona County School District (NCSD) facilities cannot be used to house an employee benefit. An adequate non-‐district facility would need to house 125 children and be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines. It was predicted the Childcare Center would not be self-‐sustaining based on comparable services offered by employers in the community.
Appreciation is extended to the employees who have served on the Childcare Ad hoc for the last several years, the Compact Issues Committee (CIC), and the employees who completed the 2012 survey and provided ongoing input.