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Cardinal Grading Period Changed Due to Calamity Days
March 13, 2014 by Ann Wishart | No Comments

A representative from the Ohio Education Association addressed the Cardinal Schools Board of Education Monday regarding a grievance over a recent change in the school…

A representative from the Ohio Education Association addressed the Cardinal Schools Board of Education Monday regarding a grievance over a recent change in the school calendar.

The change was approved by the board at a work session in February because of the eight calamity days the district had incurred this winter, said Superintendent Scott Hunt.

The board decided to change the end of the grading period from March 21 to March 28, so grade reports will be sent out a week later than planned on the previous calendar, he said.

Monday night, Anne Thomas of the OEA, who was representing the Cardinal Education Association, claimed the board and administration should have consulted with the union before making the change.

“We’re extremely disappointed to be here,” she said, adding the basic reason for the filing is lack of communication.

“We know it is your right to set the school calendar,” Thomas said.

However, she said the administration didn’t follow the spirit of the contract by communicating with the staff before making the decision.

“It was done with a blatant disregard for the staff,” Thomas said. “Is it really prudent to make a unilateral change without consulting with the people teaching?”

Before speaking, Thomas asked if the discussion could be done in executive session and board president Ken Klima said the grievance didn’t meet the requirements for an executive session.

When Thomas was done, he noted he has five days to decide if the grievance is valid or not and respond to it.

After the meeting, CEA President Rosa Dasco said some teachers had already scheduled events and it will be difficult for some things to be moved to other dates necessary because of the change in the calendar.

Tuesday Hunt said the decision was made on the recommendation of a school principal who had heard teachers complain that, at the parent-teacher conferences, there had been so many calamity days they had little current classroom activity to report on to parents.

He said he did communicate the intent of the administration to the president of the union, but the impact should be minimal other than report cards being sent out a week later than expected.

“The calendar is not really aggrieve-able,” he said, adding as long as changes don’t impact union members’ work.

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