Most school principals work 204 days and only earn pay for 204 days. The other 161 days of the 365 day calendar year they are considered employees but earn no pay and are not required to show up to work. Some principals have the same working day contract as the superintendent of schools which is usually 260 days with some vacation days .Actually those principals are required to work every day of the year except paid holidays. They are required to work Christmas Eve day and New Years Eve day unless they take a vacation day as they are 260 day employees(52 weeks x 5 days a week= 260 days). Sometimes a superintendnt closes a school on Christmas Eve day and New Years Eve day and forbids employees to be in the buildings. In that case a principal gets a free day with pay.School employees only earn pay for days they work not summer vacation and spring break, etc. The State of Ohio now requires the schools to make up snow days so the taxpayers will get they dollars worth and thechildren will be in school days teachers are paid.
August 29, 2013 at 12:28 a.m.
Under Ohio Revised Code teachers individually may not negotiate to be paid over a nine month period.(Some union contracts [few if any] have been negotiated to permit a small fraction of teachers in a given district [say 4 or 5]to receive their pay during 9 months, but they are considered employees for 12 months dispite having received all their pay. The reason pay is required to be paid over 12 months is that if they were paid over a 9 month period they could claim unemployment during the other three months so the state made all teachers unions negotiate pay to be spread out over 12 months. Thus making them 12 month employees who only earn pay for the individual days they work(not the summer or other days school is not in session). The school districts hold back pay during the school year so teachers will be able to receive checks in the summer when they are not earning pay.Teachers do not earn 9 months pay. They earn daily pay. Most earn pay for 184 days but collect it over 365 days usually 1/26th in bi weekly checks every other week. The school districts can legally invest that money that is held back and earn interest then pay it in the summer.The schools can legally earn a profit on the teachers' money that is held in escrow for summer check.
August 29, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.
And on top of all that there are limits to the amount of days that can be sold back in various contracts. Not all of the days can be sold back. Public school teachers do NOT have vacation days. They are not paid for the Christmas, Spring vacation and summer whenthey don't work. If they didn;t have a sick day and took a day off they would lose about 1/180th of their pay. That's alot of money.The other thing is many employees save the days over their career to use if they have a major illness like a heart attack and need to use several months of time while remaining an employee and returning to the position once held when healthy again. Not everyone takes the days off. Many might need them for the future. I say let them save them days for a serious illness but not sell them back when they retire. Use or lose is foolish to a smart person who might simply be protecting themselves in case of a major illness.
August 27, 2013 at 10:54 p.m.
Let me say this once again as no one picked up on this. Sure the state legislature sets minimums for sick leave and vacation sell back, but it is not automatic, It is the local trustees of the university, the city councils, township trustees, county commissioners, school board etc., that negotiate this in contracts. This must be negotiated locally for it to happen. Once again I say be careful who you vote as your local public officials.
August 27, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.
Bert,You place the blame in the wrong place. I agree that the sick leave and vacation time sell back is foolish in this day and age. And yes a minimum was set by the state legislature. But the blame lies with the YSU Trustees, Local Boards of Education, City Councils, Township Trustees, etc. They are the people who negotiate the employee contracts and pass them as part of their duties in such elected and appointed positions. These additions above and beyond what the state set as a minimum is placed at the feet of the our appointed trustees and elected officials. Public elected and appointed public officials generally have little backbone when it comes to dealing with public employees. They usually give away the ship.
August 25, 2013 at 6:44 p.m.