Melin said his administrative team was working to find a number of potential solutions, including stipends and other methods, to pay teachers and address the safety issues.
“I’ve asked [the teachers association] to trust me when I say that we’ll make sure we make this work, because if there’s one way for me to get fired very quickly, it’s because I did not provide a safe environment for our kids,” Melin said. “And I will not ever let that happen.”
Board member Tony Hall said since both parties seemed open to solving the issues, they should come up with a more solid plan for teachers and students at the board’s next meeting July 23.
“I just feel like more time is needed,” Hall said. “I believe if we have more discussion and dialogue with our teachers union, that a complete plan could be brought to the board.”
Board member Mark Pavey said in spite of his hesitation on voting on a measure without a complete picture, he thought the issue needed to be addressed as soon as possible.
“I would be lying if I didn’t say this didn’t concern me somewhat,” Pavey said. “Obviously, we’re getting the departure time of students closer to the departure time of teachers and I get that. Something Mr. McLaughlin said that kind of stuck with me is that we need more time... Which tells me everybody feels like this can be worked out.”
The board passed the measure 6-1, with Hall opposing.
AGENT OF RECORD
The board extended its contract with Edward Culpepper “Pepper” Cooper as its agent of record.
Cooper has served in the position for seven years, but just finished his first year with Melin as superintendent. Melin said he thought Cooper’s performance warranted keeping him on board for another year.