PLAINS TWP. — At a pre-election night meeting on Monday that barely managed a quorum, the Joint Operating Committee of the Wilkes-Barre Career & Technical Center handled a number of routine business matters and approved memorandums of understanding that added several positions to the school’s collective bargaining units.
Much of the regular monthly board agenda included renewing ongoing memberships in professional associations for staff including the business manager, administrators and cafeteria manager, as well as the school’s board.
Two key exceptions to the routine business were the approval of the memorandums of understanding that added the positions of hall monitor, technical support specialist and data processing and production department programmers to the support personnel association bargaining unit, and the positions of in school suspension specialist and career and workforce specialist to the education association union.
According to information provided by the school’s solicitor Ray Wendolowski, the specialist and programmer positions added to the support personnel union will receive a $500 salary increase for this year along with benefits for illness, disability, paid holidays and vacations and temporary leaves of absence as identified in the existing union agreement, while the hall monitor position “shall continue under the status quo” at a salary of $12 per hour with health coverage or buyout, no paid time off.
The persons currently holding the two specialist positions will be placed appropriately on the step salary agreement and receive related covered benefits, as per the collective bargaining agreement, the memorandum of understanding stated.
In other business, the board:
• Ratified the approval of Patricia Rodriguez as a substitute school nurse at $150 per day until the end of the school year.
• Approved the order of $59,174 in furnishings from Phillips Supply Co. for four classrooms and student and faculty lounges in the new practical nursing center.
• Approved payments totaling $28,556 to Bognet, Inc. for HVAC and plumbing services on the new practical nursing center project.
• Approved payment of $18,760 to Everon Electrical Contractors Inc. for electrical construction on the practical nursing center.
• Noted that the data processing portion of the new construction has been completed and is now occupied.
The administrative section of the practical nursing area will be ready for occupancy by the first week of June, while it is anticipated the classrooms and labs will be completed by the end of July.
The project was originally slated to be completed in March.