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Halifax County trustees take up policy matters / November 12, 2012
When Halifax County school trustees meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex, they are expected to act on several issues that surfaced during an earlier work session.

Those issues include policies for:

determining reductions in the work force

expanding the length of time that employees have for using their stored vacation days (vacation days are currently subject to a 30 day cap)

governing outsiders’ use of facilities, such as the high school gymnasium, for community activities.

Trustees are also expected to set guidelines for tuition assistance for employees and granting out-of-zone attendance requests.

Dave Strom, who last month presented the School Board with a list of questions about the elimination of the LORP program, has asked for time under the citizen comment period to make further inquiries about the loss of the program.

Strom said recently that he was not satisfied with the answers to questions he previously presented to the School Board, which drew a point-by-point response — in the form of a public letter — from Superintendent of Schools Merle Herndon. Strom said, “Nowhere did she show the other side of the story, which is the amount of money [the school system] saved by hiring younger, less expensive employees to replace the LORP retirees who were making considerably higher salaries than their replacements.”

In unfinished business, school trustee Walter Potts will present an analysis of health insurance costs for employees who carry family membership plans, and Herndon will discuss the evaluation documents for both superintendents and classified personnel.

Trustees are expected to enter into closed session following the meeting to discuss student discipline and to have legal consultations.

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