No location change for DCSB meeting |

No location change for DCSB meeting

The Douglas County School District Board of Trustees did not change the location of its September board meeting to Carson Valley, despite requests from parents.

In accordance with an order from Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa, the board decided to revote on the hiring of two principals. According to Del Papa, an open meeting violation occurred during a May 16 board meeting in which trustees approved the official hire of interim Gardnerville Elementary School Principal Cissy Tucker and Whittell Principal Mario Gatto. Neither action item was listed on the public agenda.

Gardnerville parents expressed concern regarding Tucker’s hire and requested the board move its next scheduled meeting at Kingsbury Middle School to the valley.

The board was informed Tuesday by district council Tom Susich that voting to change the meeting location to accommodate Gardnerville parents may result in a second violation of the Open Meeting Law, since the issue was not listed on the Aug. 14 meeting agenda.

The Board of Trustees likely will wait to discuss the principal hires until after the public comment session at 6 p.m., to allow Gardnerville residents the time to travel to Kingsbury Middle School.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be held in the library at the middle school.

DCSD employees to receive bonus

By Jill Darby

Thanks to a bill passed by the Nevada Legislature, eligible Douglas County School District employees will receive bonus checks for approximately 3 percent of their 2001-02 salaries.

Intended as a retention bonus, the district plans to pay the increase to all contracted employees who worked in the district during any portion of the 2000-01 school year and who are employed by and working for the district on Sept. 15.

Those eligible in food service and grant-funded positions also will receive the bonus.

Positions excluded from the bonus include substitutes, retirees, anyone who left or leaves the district prior to Sept. 15, all new hires, individuals not formally contracted and those on leave for either the 2000-01 or 2001-02 school years.

The district’s allocation of the state funds is approximately $806,000, district Business Services Director Rick Kester said.

“We are going to use 100 percent of it on the bonuses,” Kester said. “We’re just not sure of the percentage yet because we don’t know who exactly is in the pool to be paid. If we could pay it sooner we would. We’ve given ourselves a little room to make sure it’s done right.”

Kester said the bonuses should go to all employee groups who meet the contract requirements.

“It’s a bonus for sticking with the district for a while,” he said. “In our district, the people who have been with us who haven’t received the salary increases we would have liked to have given, we think deserve the bonus.”

Bonus amounts will be based on the 2000-01 rates for all employee groups except bus drivers, whose bonus will be based on the total of actual wages paid for the fiscal year 2000-01.

According to district officials, the state-provided funds, including any interest the monies may have earned, will be divided proportionally among eligible employees. Bonuses will added to paychecks Oct. 31. Paycheck stubs will identify the amount of the bonus separately.

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