School Board to consider using temp service for substitutes

Jefferson City’s school board has two votes scheduled during Monday’s meeting, including a proposal to use the Kelly Services agency for getting substitute teachers.

Chief Financial Officer Jason Hoffman proposed the plan last month, as a way for the district to handle its obligations under the federal Affordable Care Act.

“For the most part, we will be unscathed” by the new law’s requirements, Hoffman told the board at its Dec. 9 meeting. “But one area we’re concerned about is the employer mandate to provide health care insurance to all employees working more than 30 hours a week.”

He told the board that, historically, the district has offered health care to employees who work more than 20 hours a week — but not to substitutes.

“I don’t know a single district that does that,” Hoffman told last month’s meeting.

Kelly Services Inc. is a global employment agency and recruitment company, which hires more than 530,000 people in dozens of fields, including education, each year.

Compared with the costs for adding substitute teachers to the self-insured district’s health care plan, Hoffman told the board last month that hiring Kelly Services likely would either “be a wash or cost a little less.”

The other scheduled vote involves a resolution “authorizing and directing” Dick Bartow and the George K. Baum company of Kansas City to issue bonds for the district.

Board members also will hear two reports Monday: Superintendent Brian Mitchell’s monthly update on district operations, and about the work of the Jefferson City High School’s Professional Learning Committees.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m., in the Board Room at 315 E. Dunklin St.

But the board members also have a closed session, scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

The agenda says that portion of the meeting is closed under the state Open Meetings law’s provisions allowing discussions of “legal actions, causes of action or litigation involving a public governmental body” and “records which are protected from disclosure by law” to be closed to the public.

In an e-mail Friday, Mitchell said only that the closed session involved a “legal issue” — and that he doesn’t expect the board will take any actions or votes that could be reported to the public immediately.

Kris Hilgedick of the News Tribune staff contributed information used in this story.

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