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The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education will vote on a new sick leave incentive program, which could save the district up to $152,821.90 if approved, during its meeting today.

Assistant Superintendent Nancy Scott presented information regarding the new incentive during the June 16 board meeting. It has been proposed to use $25,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield to help with sick leave incentives in an effort to improve staff attendance and reduce the need for substitute teachers.

Teachers and certified staff receive 10 sick days per year. For each sick day not used by an employee, teachers would receive $50.73 (gross $50) per day and classified staff would receive $37.68 (gross $35) per day.

The cost of paying for unused sick days comes well under the cost of paying a substitute. The cost of paying a certified substitute for 378 teachers for 10 days at $72.20 would be $272,916, and paying support staff substitutes for 237 employees for 10 days at $57.37 would be $135,966.60. Paying the incentive for a teacher for 10 days would be $191,759.40 and 89,301.60 for support staff.

Including the Wellness Incentive from Blue Cross Blue Shield, the district would save up to $152,821.90, if the most extreme case of using zero substitutes occurred.

Scott recommends the board approve the incentive on a yearly basis to evaluate the program to see if it is improving staff attendance.

Work on the infill area at Smith-Cotton High School has been progressing throughout the past school year, and the board will vote to approve a bid during the meeting to continue that progress. They will vote to approve a bid from Home Heating & Air Conditioning for $145,319 for the Smith-Cotton High School infill area HVAC. The project includes the addition of 10 units, which will be tied into the existing three units, all necessary duct work, electrical work, and installation.

Once finished, the area, which is in the basement of SCHS, will house about a dozen classrooms and an office area. The specifics of the classrooms has not yet been decided.

During the meeting the board will also:

• Approve an extension of the district’s contracted print services with RICOH Print Services at a 3 percent increase, which will be an additional $459.36 a month.

• Approve Activities Hall of Fame candidate Bob Cummings.

• Approve the Special Education Program evaluation.

• Approve the 2013-14 At Risk Program evaluation.

• Approve changes to the Student Discipline Code Handbook to reflect the current high school attendance policy.

• Approve an addition to the Activities Student Handbook regarding social media usage by students.

• Approve a date for the Tax Rate Hearing; proposed date is 6:15 p.m. Aug. 11, prior to a regularly scheduled board meeting.

• Approve the 2014-15 tuition rate; $7,500.

• Hear the 2013-14 attendance report.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Smith-Cotton High School, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd. For more information, call 829-6450.

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