By Sean Rice
ST. HENRY -- Part-time classified employees with St. Henry Consolidated Local Schools will no longer be eligible for health insurance starting next year.
St. Henry school board members voted on Monday after a closed-door executive session to make the change for classified employees, which include positions other than teachers and administrators, such as custodians and bus drivers.
Currently, part-time classified employees can receive health and dental insurance at a pro-rated cost, in which the employee pays the cost in proportion to time worked.
Board members also voted to sign a memorandum of understanding with the teacher's union amending the pay schedule to give post season pay to the band director and softball coach and their assistants. Superintendent Rod Moorman said the added contract language was needed to pay the positions for work already done in the sports post season.
During the hour-plus executive session, board members also briefly discussed getting prepared for teacher contract negotiations in spring next year, Moorman reported. The teachers' contract expires in June. During the public portion of the meeting, Moorman said an old oak tree near the school needed to be cut down, and some community residents had an idea to carve the stump of the 300-plus-year-old tree into an American Indian.
"We looked into it and it will cost about $1,000 to do," Moorman said, adding he has already heard donations are available.
Because the tree is on neighboring church property and will most likely be funded through donations, Moorman said he thought a crucifix should be carved around the neck of the native American.
It would take more than a year before the carving would be in place, because the stump would need to cure for a year before the carving can begin.