By JEROD CLAPP
Though it wasn’t voted upon, changes in how Greater Clark County Schools covers summer camps and clinics under building use guidelines garnered some discussion from the board.
District and school support groups such as summer sports clinics, as well as other nonprofit organizations using GCCS facilities, may have to pay overtime costs for staff, taxes relating to social security and fees for certificates worth $1 million in insurance that would reduce liability on the school corporation, but board member Ernie Gilbert argued coaches can’t afford those costs.
“It’s pretty expensive, Mark [Pavey, vice president], and it’s kind of hard to get,” Gilbert said. “I’ve gone through this three or four times with the Charlestown Little League who’s had a horrible time at different times trying to do that.”
Gilbert said many of the coaches who put on those events in the summer don’t make anything off of them after registration fees are collected. He said under the new proposed policy, coaches may have to pay players who help out with the events minimum wage on top of all the other costs they incur.
Martin Bell, chief operating officer, said reducing the liability on the district was an important part of the process, especially if an injury occurred and the board had not previously approved the activity.
Sandra Lewis, the district’s legal counsel, said if that ever happened, the district’s insurance company would not cover the costs and the district would have to pay for any lawsuits resulting from those injuries.
However, she said the proposed changes would also reduce liability on coaches.
“It provides a protection for the coaches that are acting independently that they’ve never had before,” Lewis said.
The measure was originally scheduled for a vote, but switched to discussion by a 6-1 vote with Becka Christensen, board member, as the sole opposition. The measure will likely come to a vote at the board’s next meeting.
The board also voted to approve the sale of laptops in Charlestown Middle School’s 1:1 program. The laptops will be sold to parents and students. The district expects to get about $367,000 from sales.
Of that total, $42,000 will go toward software and maintenance costs associated with keeping some of the machines and about $325,000 was earmarked by the board for future technology use, possibly to expand the 1:1 program to other schools using tablet computers like iPads.
In other business at the meeting:
• The board unanimously approved raising the prices of school lunches by $.10 at all levels. This increase puts the district in compliance with federal guidelines.
• The board also voted unanimously for an online school registration program. Paper registration will still be available to parents and the forms online will match what they’re used to filling out, but paper will eventually be phased out and computer labs may be used at registration.
• On the personnel report, Jennifer Korfhage, interim principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, had a change of assignment to principal at the school. Also, Wes Wisner was switched from a teacher at Jeffersonville High School to an assistant principal’s position at that school.