SHEFFIELD TWP — Superintendent Jerome Davis and Treasurer Sean Nuccio are being accused of poor communication and a lack of diplomacy with the teachers union.
Joel Gleason, Clearview Education Association president, said the 102-member rank and file is upset over one-month severance payment delays for 10 members, dirty buildings and an overly complicated system for requesting sick days.
“We have had meetings concerning the above issues that could’ve been easily and quickly resolved, yet the administration fails to work with us,” Gleason said reading from a letter he presented to Board of Education members at their first meeting of the year Monday. “We are frustrated and feeling ignored. Morale in the district is plummeting which is not beneficial to our students and the excellent school environment Clearview can provide.”
Gleason said after the meeting that union members want more details on why severance payments scheduled for this month were delayed until February. He said members are concerned about the long-term finances of Clearview which Nuccio said has an approximately $15 million annual budget and a projected $349,000 surplus last year. “This is just another red flag that’s popping up,” Gleason said.
Gleason said the administration refuses to pay cleaners overtime to compensate for when other cleaners take sick days, forcing teachers to clean dirty classrooms. He said when cleaning staff take sick days, they aren’t replaced even when cleaners offer to work overtime.
Gleason said teachers are frustrated by Clearview’s online sick time procedure for teachers which he said forces them to answer a “laundry list” of unnecessary questions.
Gleason, union president since 2011 and a Clearview teacher since 2006, said he and union members didn’t always agree with former Superintendent Stanley Mounts or ex-Treasurer John Scott, but they found common ground. Davis, hired in 2001, was promoted to replace Mounts, who retired in 2013. Nuccio, new to the district and a first-time school treasurer, replaced the retiring Scott in 2013.
Nuccio wouldn’t comment on Gleason’s criticism, but Davis accused Gleason of posturing.
“People bring low morale upon themselves and then it trickles down to others and they try to make others like them,” Davis said.
In other business:
Board members approved delaying a repayment of a $350,000 loan taken out in December of 2012. Nuccio said after the meeting that the board owes $250,000 and repayment has been delayed until June 2015.
He attributed the delay to a “cash flow problem” because repayments are scheduled for January, but Lorain County tax revenue payments to Clearview are in February and March.
“I just wouldn’t have enough money to pay all the bills,” Nuccio told Board President Melissa Newsome, who questioned him about the delay. Board members Heidi Adkins, Richard Marcucci, Danny Parsons and Michelle Pullin voted yes. Newsome voted no.
Newly sworn in board members elected Newsome board president and Adkins as vice president, replacing Marcucci.