If changes had been made to the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program, then they should have been posted in the Draft version of the March 2014 Board Policies and Regulations posted on the district's website by the school board and school district for public review earlier this year. The Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program Regulation number was changed in the March 2014 version of the regulation and the reference to NTRS was changed to PEERS. However, nothing was changed regarding the requirement that an employee was only eligible if they had served 10 years of service in the Fox C-6 School District.
There was nothing recorded in the December 2012 through March 2013 Fox C-6 school board meeting minutes regarding changes made to the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program policy or regulation. There was a mention in the board reports that Rusty Wallace had been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in the February 2013 board meeting minutes.
Someone commented that the changes were made to the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program and sent out to teachers in February 2014 instead of February 2013. However, there is NOT a single reference to any changes made to the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program when searching the entire 2013-2014 school year's Fox C-6 School Board Meeting minutes. There weren't any copies provided to the school board members in their monthly board meeting packets as well.
It's very difficult to approve changes to a school board policy or regulation if the changes weren't provided to our school board members in their board packets. It would also be impossible to make changes to the board policy unless the changes were voted on during the Public Session of a Fox C-6 school board meeting. If the changes were voted on during closed session, then our school board would have violated Missouri Sunshine Law.
According to the district's school board meeting minutes, there weren't any votes pertaining to changes of the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program during the 2013-2014 school year.
The word "retire" cannot be found in the 2013-2014 school year Fox C-6 board meeting minutes. The only references to the word "incentive" found in the minutes for the year are related to the Employee Attendance Incentive and the Ameren Incentive for the solar panels. You can check for yourself by downloading the 2013-2014 Fox C-6 School Board Meeting Minutes compiled into a single PDF document using the link below.
This is simply another example of either backpedaling or simply not doing their job in properly updating the district Policies and Regulations. The updates to the Board Policies and Regulations have been in work since 2009 and still haven't been completed and approved by the board. They were originally posted in March 2012 for review and nothing happened for 2 years. Then they were posted again in March 2014. The Policies and Regulations still haven't been reviewed and approved by the board.
I'm glad that I didn't have to wait for the school board to approve the changes before I could review them as Dianne Critchlow informed me I would have to do in an email in March 2012. Critchlow ended up posting the draft copy of the board policies on the district website in March 2012 as she said she would do at the board meeting once I emailed her a transcript of what she told the public at the board meeting. I've written about this incident before as well.
It makes you wonder why we have been paying some of our top administrators such a high salary for so many years doesn't it?
Please read my previous article using the link below for more information about acting superintendent Tim Crutchley and assistant superintendent Todd Scott asking the board to approve paying Andy Arbeitman $66,647.50 to depart the district early at next Tuesday's Fox C-6 School Board Meeting!
Please contact your Fox C-6 School Board members and voice your concerns about paying out an Incentive Payment of $66,647 to an administrator who has been working for the district for a little over a year before the board approves it at the Tuesday November 18, 2014 Fox C-6 School Board meeting.