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MPCSD School Board approves official resolution to pay employees through closure

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The Mt. Pleasant Community School District school board approved an official resolution to pay employees through the district’s initial closure, slated to end on April 10. The resolution comes from the Iowa Association of School Boards.
Union file photo The Mt. Pleasant Community School District school board approved an official resolution to pay employees through the district’s initial closure, slated to end on April 10. The resolution comes from the Iowa Association of School Boards.

MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant Community School District held a special meeting Monday evening to approve an official pandemic pay resolution.

Superintendent John Henriksen explained the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) provided a document specifying the payment of employees and suggests that it be passed as an official resolution. The document affirms what the board decided at their last special meeting on Wednesday, March 18.

The resolution authorizes the superintendent to put employees on “an approved leave for their contracted or assigned days or hours during the initial period of temporary closure, and that said employees shall receive their customary and regular pay they would have been entitled to receive absent the closure.”

The resolution also specifies that the school board will reconvene to determine continued payment of employees should the closure go beyond April 10.

During the meeting, the board also approved a professional services agreement with Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering for an exterior assessment of Van Allen Elementary School. The company will review “existing building drawings” and “provide recommendations on locations and sizes of selective demolition to the owner,” Henriksen said to the board.

“We’re going to open up those walls and see if the moisture has created a biological or organic matter that we’re going to need to deal with. And we’re going to see if the architectural integrity of the wall is in tact,” Henriksen added.

The services agreement comes at a cost of $14,200 for the assessment. The superintendent said the company would begin work right away.