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East Windsor School Officials Again Approve a 10-hour a Week IT Position

The school system has intended to offer the hours to the person whose shared services job has been cut by the town.

 

The East Windsor Board of Education Wednesday voted again 4-3, with one abstention, to offer a 10-hour a week job to technology person whose shared position between the town and schools has been .

The board had to take a second vote, because the July 25 meeting in which the first vote took place wasn’t properly posted beforehand, Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said.

Kane said in July the shared technology job was split 15 hours a week for the town and 10 hours a week for the school system. The school system has been paying for health insurance benefits for the position.

David Rajala, who held that job, appeared at Thursday’s meeting and said he was caught off-guard by the elimination of his shared technology position, which he has held for five years. He asked the board to increase the hours he has been working to qualify for health insurance.

“To be clear, I am not requesting an increase in wages, which have not increased throughout the years,” Rajala said in a prepared statement. “Rather, I am asking to be provided with enough hours for me to continue my IT tech position _ including the insurance benefits that are alredt in the approved budget.”

The town has hired a full-time person to help with its transition to a new computer system during the next year. They officially stopped using the shared tech person August 1.

Kane said in July the town paid for the 15 hours and the school system paid the 10 hours plus benefits for the employee.  There is enough work to justify the 10 hours and the hours had been budgeted for before the town decided to eliminate its 15 hours, Kane  said.

Board member William Raber asked Thursday how many hours does the school system need to take care of its needs. Kane said the 10 hours are appropriate.

Board member Nichole DeSousa asked if school officials know why the town cut the job.

Kane said the town’s actions have no bearing on the school district’s needs.

“No additional hours were built into the school budget,” Kane said.


Judith B. Rajala August 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Here is a summary of the statement made by David Rajala: “What has happened to bring us to this point?” This recent course of action has caught me totally off guard, as I was told that the Shared Services IT Tech was in the approved 2012-2013 budget. It’s my understanding that these actions were taken without the input of the Shared Services Committee and also without consulting you, the BOE. I’ve been employed as the Shared Services IT Tech for the past 5 years. However, since November 9th 2011, I’ve only worked for the EW Schools a minimum of 25 hrs per week. I’m currently the only person in the IT department that lives in town so I’ve been called upon to be the initial “eyes, ears and hands” to address urgent tech issues. I’m asking to be provided with enough hours for me to continue my position including insurance benefits that are already in the approved budget. If I need 40 hrs to qualify for health insurance and I’m already working 25+, the BOE would only need to approve a maximum of 15 hrs for me to be full time. And to answer the most important question: “Does the BOE need more tech support and would the additional hours be warranted?” The answer is YES!
Judith B. Rajala August 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
And to translate the statement in the article: "The board had to take a second vote, because the July 25 meeting in which the first vote took place wasn’t properly posted beforehand, Superintendent of Schools Theresa Kane said." I believe this to mean that the Superintendent and BOE posted, held, and voted in an illegal meeting! How much taxpayer money do we pay the Superintendent to see that a basic task such as creating and posting agendas -- then holding legal meetings is completed?!
Dan Starvish August 09, 2012 at 05:52 PM
There must be something missing either from the article, or from the information given at the meeting. There is no way 10 hours a week is sufficient to maintain the IT needs of an entire school system. I would expect somewhere on the range of 80-100 man hours per week to ensure a secure, functional and reliable IT infrastructure. "The town has hired a full-time person to help with its transition to a new computer system during the next year." Does this mean there is one full time person and one ten hour person? I would still believe this is half the man hours per week required.
Judith B. Rajala August 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Dan: I believe there is an IT Director, a recently hired Middle School Tech and a one-year (Jan 2012-Jan 2013) Consultant that handles the school district, along with the 10 hours per week given to David Rajala (even though he's been working 25+ hours since Nov 9, 2011 at the schools). And according to the job posting for the new town tech position, it apears this town-only tech will be trained, monitored and evaluated by the School's IT Director -- on the school system's dime. Sounds like Shared Services Tech to me! If you can make any sense of this or find out any documented information I'd welcome a clear explanation. In fact, I've emailed the BOE, BOS and BOF members asking when Shared ServicesTech was legally disolved per our new Municipal Shared Services Committee Ordinance 12-02 (http://www.eastwindsorct.com/Public_Documents/EWindsorCT_Ordinances/12-02), but no answer from any elected officials yet. Appears to me that the only thing "disolved" (first by the town, then by the schools) was David Rajala.

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