Riverside Superintendent announces plans to retire

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Superintendent Tommy Knight

The Riverside School Board shared their appreciation for a job well done as they accepted a letter of resignation submitted by Superintendent Tommy Knight at the Jan. 4 district meeting held in Caraway.

During a construction update Mark Cahoon, architect, shared that the electrical was converted to permanent service on Jan 4. Kitchen equipment was being installed and cabinetry installation was expected to begin Jan 5. Most of the current work involves interior and flooring. Construction is on schedule except a small amount of HV/AC work expected to be completed within a few weekends.

The Board approved a policy concerning sick days. The district will buy back all unused sick days in excess of 120 days at the end of the year. Licensed employees will receive the current daily licensed substitute pay and classified employees will receive minimum wage. An amendment was proposed to change the number of days to be bought back from 90, a typo remaining from the model used to create the policy, to the 120 the district approved.

The policy will be left to a vote by the faculty. Should the faculty vote in favor of the policy, it will go into effect for the current year. If not, the policy will go into effect next year.

Superintendent Knight suggested the Board accept the policy stating some may try to use any remaining sick days rather than lose them. The policy may provide a reward and encourage teachers to stay in the classroom when expecting the purchase of the unused days.

In other business:

*Following some discussion, the Board agreed to reallocate money designated for building from operations to the building funds and the financial statements were approved.

*The board also approved the hiring of Kristin Emery as para-professional aid at East Elementary.

*The Board accepted a Facility Master-plan. Superintendent Knight said after the new building is complete most of what is left will be the central/administration office and the disposal of remaining buildings.

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