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By TOBIAS MOWERY
Staff Reporter 

WCSD#2 Board makes changes to extended leave polic

 

January 20, 2022



TEN SLEEP –The Washakie County School Board District No. 2 Board made changes to the extended leave policy to benefit employees.The board approved on first reading Monday, Jan. 10,

policy 3.42 and 4.18, Extended Leave with or Without Pay. According to Superintendent Jimmy Phelps, several changes to this policy were approved. The board may approve an additional 10 days of paid leave where the employee pays the costs of a substitute. These costs will be deducted from the employee’s pay.

Also in the policy, an employee may make more than one request to the board for an extended leave bank during a single fiscal year. They changed the wording from “sick leave bank” to “extended leave bank,” according to Phelps. Employees may also donate personal days, sick and/or vacation days to an employee’s extended leave bank. A maximum of two days may be donated upon approval from the board.

Changes were also made to Policy 3.38 and 4.14 Annual Leave on first reading. According to Phelps, changes included elimination of wording that was included in that extended leave policy and overall elimination of redundancy.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business, the business manager’s report reported that school enrollment as of Dec. 9, 2021, was 105. According to Phelps, enrollment has had some fluctuations.

“At the beginning of the year it was 108, so it’s been up and down and that’s typical,” Phelps said. “It’s typical for it to be up and down throughout the school year.” There are 61 in the elementary, grades kindergarten through sixth grade; 18 in middle school (seventh and eighth grade) and high school showed 26 enrolled.

The board also continued the discussion of the library contract extension.

The Ten Sleep Library and WCSD#2 have had a contract since 1976 that allows the district to use the library as its own, with some constrictions. This policy, however, is up in June 2026. The board has been discussing whether or not to get into another contract, or to go with an alternative option. According to Phelps, the next step is for members of the school board to meet with the Washakie County Commissioners about the extension of the agreement. The board discussed what that might look like.

 
 

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