The time period allowed for waivers granted to parents moving their children into the Paulding County School System to give them more time to provide immunization records will be reduced from 90 days to 30 days under a revised policy approved Tuesday night by the Paulding County Board of Education.
"That follows the state board rule but it also gets parents more motivated to get things done," said Chuck Maggart, executive director of Human Resources.
That, Maggart said, is the biggest change to the school system's policy on student innoculations. Other changes include adding several innoculations -- hepatitis B, hepatitis A, varicella, preomococcal and haemophilus influenza type B -- to the required list and adding a clause requiring parents to provide a notorized statement if immunizations conflict with their religious beliefs.
The board also heard a presentation on the fiscal year 2013 employee benefits from Burton Turner, the district’s supervisor of employee services. A new web portal will enable staff members to complete open enrollment and manage their benefits online. The school system's goal was to change employees' lives for the better, Turner said.
"I think we've done that," he said.
The school system's benefits also have changed. For example, an employee who can't perform one job function would be eligible for short-term disability where under the current plan, employees who qualify must not be able to perform all job functions. In addition, employees with pre-existing conditions would only have to wait six months rather than one year to be able to claim short-term disability, no evidence of insurability will be rquired and the maximum an employee can draw will increase from $720 a month to $1,500 a month.
Long-term disability under the new plan would kick in after 90 days out of work rather than the current 180 days and, with the school system's new dental plan, employees will have more choices. They can select a "Cadillac" plan with "lots of bells and whistles" or a low plan, should they not need all the benefits offered by the high plan.
All of the benefit plans include a rate decrease with the exception of long-term disability, which will see an increase because of the shorter elimination period.
"Pretty much everything had a rate decrease," Turner said. "What we're really excited about are the tools."
In other business, the board:
- Approved a contract for fiscal year 2013 with West Georgia Regional Library in the amount of $11,670;
- Tabled a discussion on an Efficiency Review Committee;
- Voted to allow the use of school buses and bus drivers to shuttle those attending the air show on Oct. 20;
- Approved field trip requests;
- Approved the retirement of Chief Financial Officer Gail Blalock and approved a contract with Education Planners to provide financial services through Jan. 31, 2013 or until a new CFO is hired;
- Approved the hire of Hiram High School teacher Tony Ford as the new Assistant Principal at Burnt Hickory Elementary School;
- Approved the resignation of Director of Assessment Robert McLeod;
- Recognized several students who received character education awards in September;
- Recognized Andrea Johnston, a first grade teacher at Russom Elementary School, as the Dallas Rotary Club's Teacher of the Month for September;
- And recognized Ragsdale Elementary School fifth grade teacher Kim Hembree as the Dallas Rotary Club's Teacher of the Month for October.