North Putnam conducted its first school board meeting of the year on Thursday evening. On the agenda was election of officers as well as hearing updates on various programs.
North Putnam bus driver Jim Hazelwood stood before the board in hopes of getting the board to look at and revise the severance pay policy.
"I personally disagree agree with how sick days are paid," said Hazelwood. "I would like a hearing or an executive meeting to talk about it."
Currently, staff members who do not utilize all their sick days only receive 50 percent of unused sick days pay. Hazelwood said many other staff members feel as if they are penalized for not using their sick days.
The board agreed it would look into the policy and talk about what it could do in a following meeting.
Nothing changed with the election of officers, as all officers remained the same as they have in the past. Debbie Sillery will remain as president, John Hays vice president and Jackie Simpson will act as secretary of the board.
The board heard a report from Jim Branson of Five Star Technology. Branson updated on the board on the status of the virtual center. The company has now taken 10 existing servers and combined them into two.
"Everything's safe and sound," said Branson. "We will be going from 16 servers down to five."
The company also updated the board that it will see a reduction in coast totaling around $105,000 over the next few years.
Rick England updated the board on the status of the Corporation Wellness Program.
Eighty-five staff members have signed up for the program with 56 completing the first half.
"It helps relationships with the staff members," England explained. "Everything is going well and I think people are really enjoying it."
The group has weekly activities ranging from Pilates and Zumba. The insurance company also offered a $200 premium reduction for signing up and taking a health screening.
Superintendent Mary Lovejoy also announced that on Wednesday, Jan. 25 the Cougar Pantry would be opening. Any parent or guardian with a student is welcome to utilize the pantry, which will be open the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m. in room 125 in the middle school.
Board member Charlie Boller reminded the community that with the upcoming elections, school board candidates are needed.
"People need to come forward and step up," Boller said.
There are currently four North Putnam positions up for election. Boller also stated that he would not be running for re-election.
Interested candidates need to register by Feb. 10 at the courthouse office of the Putnam County Clerk if they wish to appear on the May ballot.