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North Lakeland Elementary School approves employee compensation extension

April 21, 2020 by Kayla Houp

As school closures affect how many Lakeland area schools conduct learning, many schools have passed motions approving the payment of hourly employees in accordance with the regular scheduled school calendar.

The North Lakeland Board of Education approved a motion at the board’s March 24 meeting to continue regular pay for hourly employees based on the school’s instructional calendary until April 19.

On Monday, April 13, the board revisited the employee compensation discussion.

“They extended their motion from the last meeting to go through the end of the school year, or when the health emergency order ends, whichever comes first,” district superintendent Brent Jelinski told The Lakeland Times on April 15.

Jelinski said the district’s hourly employees were “working as much as they can” through online professional development, reaching out to parents and students, helping with meal delivery and performing other tasks coming up throughout the upcoming weeks.

Talent show

North Lakeland is adapting the school’s talent show into an online format, Jelinski said.

“We were supposed to have a talent show this year, which was actually supposed to be at the end of this month, so it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to have it,” district superintendent Brent Jelinski. “We released an email out to students and parents saying if they would like to record a video of a talent and send it in to our music teacher, he’s going to compile it and do, basically, an online talent show.”

Jelinski said the due date for entries is April 24, with the talent show “hopefully” being released in May.

“I think it depends on how many videos we get,” he said. 

Other items:

The board last week also:

• Approved resolution language for asking for a waiver through the DPI for instructional minutes and educator effectiveness.

According to Jelinski, the public hearing for the resolution was scheduled for May 11 at 6 p.m.

• Approved the appointment of Bent Jelinski continuing in his position of representing the school with the North Lakeland Discovery Center.

“The school needs a representative and they just approved me continuing in that position for the next year,” Jelinski said.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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