Archive for Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Some Lawrence school employees don’t get paid for snow days

February 1, 2011


Lawrence school district teachers and their licensed colleagues won’t be collecting any special pay for any makeup time spent in the classroom, library or anywhere else their contracts call for because of days lost to snow.

“There would be no additional compensation for that,” said David Cunningham, the district’s director of human resources. “You’re not going to get paid any extra or work any less. If we make it up, you’re going to make it up in one way or another.”

Administrators, likewise, don’t get paid extra if a school year ends up being extended, either by tacking a few minutes onto each school day or adding days to the end of the school year. Many administrators end up working snow days anyway, although the district’s central office closed at noon Tuesday because of mounting blizzard conditions.

Members of the district’s classified staff — secretaries, paraeducators, library media assistants, custodians, food service works and others — face different compensation issues, depending on their schedules, Cunningham said.

Classified employees scheduled to work could be paid for such a snow day, but only if they took a vacation day. Such employees could not do so, however, if the snow day was going to be made up later in the year.

Classified employees are paid based solely on time at work, Cunningham said, whether that’s two hours, six hours or eight hours per shift.

“They’re on an hourly basis,” Cunningham said. “If they log time, we pay them. If they don’t log time, we don’t.”


Kawatchi 7 years, 3 months ago

Why would they get paid extra? Aren't they getting days off now?

rgh 7 years, 3 months ago

You got it. Pointless article just to take up space on a slow day. I teach and none of us expect to get paid if we have to make up days.

SeaFox 7 years, 3 months ago

You could say the LJW had too much "white space" of their own and had to cover it with something. ;-)

persevering_gal 7 years, 3 months ago

Like any salary worker, certified staff are getting paid no matter what, but in the long run, they're basically working for free during the summers, coming in on snow days, and any extra hours they put in after school hours. The article's stating that certified teachers are not receiving any additional pay today even if they do decide to come in and work.

The school district is very strict with classified staff not going over their regular hours. Since classified staff get paid hourly, they will not be receiving any pay today unless they use a vacation day which kind of stinks if you actually get sick later on in the school year.

Shardwurm 7 years, 3 months ago

I have to take vacation on days I can't get to the office, whether it's illness, car repair, or weather.

It's just the way it goes. If you don't like missing work because of weather move somewhere like California.

persevering_gal 7 years, 3 months ago

I didn't mean to imply that I don't like missing work because of weather, I was simply try to inform people of what it meant. By no means do you have to use a vacation's completely optional.

madman 7 years, 3 months ago

And this is a surprise to who? This how it works out for most salaried employees and what most hourly employees are use too.

Curtis Lange 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm off today due to weather and am not getting paid either. Why should they be any different?

Sunny Parker 7 years, 3 months ago

Bunch of cry babies! Teachers chose their profession! If you don't like it, get out!


friendlyjhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Just as teachers choose their profession so do soldiers. Talk about crybabies-my husband isn't here to help me, it is so tough to be a single you didn't know this going into that life?

dani36921 7 years, 3 months ago

I don't see a teacher crying anywhere..... LJW posted this story, not teachers. We teachers are not complaining, it's part of our job.

deskboy04 7 years, 3 months ago

Teachers aren't crying about snow days. They know they don't get paid extra for make up days. Why do you assume that they are?

persevering_gal 7 years, 3 months ago

Thank you! The only reason most teachers may be crying about snow days is due to the fact that it gives us less time to help those who are struggling and help prepare ALL children for state assessments in March. While a paycheck is wonderful, it's not why I chose this profession.

Larry 7 years, 3 months ago

Most teachers are playing catch up today. Grading, planning, researching new strategies to use on that kid that just doesn't seem to get it. I'm sure many will spend some time with their own families as well. Most teachers could care less about whether or not they are getting paid. After all, they knew what they were getting into in the first place, right!

Scott Morgan 7 years, 3 months ago

Uhhhhhh? Whoa. Slow down and smell the coffee. Teaching bashing Tuesday?

From the tone of some posters it seems as though some feel teacher's staff wish to be paid for these days. I have 3 teachers in my family and none expect a free day. All actually wish they could have held school.

Also have a niece who is a para professional. She is really hurting due to not getting hours. She didn't expect to be paid either.

No greedy lazy teacher news here, move along, no news here.

broddie 7 years, 3 months ago

As I understand it, KU staff get an administrative leave for the rare times that the University is closed due to weather. They get paid without having to take a vacation day. Okay? So yes, that's two days this week that KU staff get paid without having to actually be at work.

I certainly hope nobody has a problem with that. If your job sucks and has no perks, then get your skill level up--learn to read and write. Learn to be a professional, and maybe you'll get a job that pays a decent salary with decent benefits. A good employer takes care of their employees. Paying them for a day when they want to work, but can't is fine by me.

I find this amusing considering your tax dollars gave Witting a multimillion dollar bonus after he duped you rubes in Kansas and looted the treasury (while bankrupting a public utility). Your tax dollars paid for his defense and he's making fun of you the entire time.

Ditto for the Bush-mandated TARP bailout. Funny how you Tea Party folks seem to worship these robber barons yet are so quick to punish people like teachers and other regular people just because they've worked their way up from the very rock-bottom minimum wage temp jobs.

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