Perry Central board OKs policy changes

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By Janet Robb

LEOPOLD – Perry Central Community School board members approved changes to several policies during its Dec. 15 meeting.

A breakdown of the policies are as follows:

• Military service: A new policy provides military leave to eligible administrative, professional and support staff. Staff will continue to receive compensation and accrue seniority.

Members on leave are also entitled to continue health insurance as if they were not on leave during absences for drills and absences for annual training. "During leave for drills and annual training, if not more than 15 consecutive or non-consecutive days per calendar year, the staff member shall be entitled to receive their regular school corporation pay if they sign their pay for the military service over to the school corporation," according to the policy.

For longer periods, staff members have options to keep continued coverage and depend upon how long, how much they will have to pay. For instance, for periods up to 30 days, members would just pay the normal staff member share of the premium.

For longer periods, if they choose to keep coverage, they have to pay 102 percent of the full employer and employee premium.

• Eligibility of resident and nonresident students: The change in this policy reflects the corporation's stance on resident and nonresident students. The school will enroll students who live within the district and will consider requests by parents, guardians or custodians of students who do not reside in the district but want to enroll their students there.

The school will consider requests if the enrollment is for education reasons, if student is in good standing in their resident school corporation, parents agree to provide transportation and, when applicable, parents agree to pay transfer tuition in a timely manner.

The school will not, however, accept nonresident students if it places a burden on the school or if the enrollment is for athletic reasons.

• Bylaws: Regarding special meetings, notices must be delivered to board members at least 72 hours before a meeting. A new bylaw about series of meetings or gatherings states that board members cannot participate in a series of meetings if the series consists of at least two gatherings and the series of gatherings meets four criteria.

Other policies revised were ones for school trips, homeless students and plant security. The special education preschool fund policy was deleted since all preschool funding now comes from the state.

In other business, Connie Mowery was hired as a part-time assistant and the school's indoor drum line trip to Indianapolis Feb. 7 and 8 was approved.