The County Board of Education agreed Thursday night to a contract with Kelly Educational Services for the staffing service. Kelly is the largest staffing service for substitutes in the country, serving 35 school districts in Alabama including Anniston and Cleburne County schools.
Based on the number of substitute hours logged by the school system in the previous school year, the hiring of substitute teachers will cost $288,000 more annually under the new contract.
The board entered into the contract to avoid a potential costly penalty for not following regulations from the Affordable Health Care Act. Under the act, the school system would need to provide health insurance to teachers working more than 30 hours a week. If not adhered to, Tina Parris, Calhoun County School’s chief financial officer, said the school system could face a $2.4 million fine.
The contract was not agreed to unanimously, and several board members questioned the price tag.
“$288,000 is three new buses, and five or six teachers,” said Superintendent Joe Dyar, explaining the hesitancy of the board to enter into the contract.
Board member Dale Harbin was the only member not to vote for the contract.
The board on Thursday also heard from representatives from CMH Architects on the progress of the addition to Ohatchee High School. The firm is in the process of getting approval from the Alabama Building Commission for its plans for a 21,000-square-foot building with choral chamber, computer and science lab and 11 classrooms. CMH hopes to bid out construction by May and begin the addition when school lets out for the summer in June.
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