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Polson school board agrees to unused sick day pay

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POLSON — Polson Education Association president Matt Bishop presented a request from Chris Bumgarner, who will be retiring from the Polson School system, for an extension of his retirement benefits at the June 12 school board meeting. 

Bumgarner, a music teacher at Polson High School, will be accepting another job. 

The board accepted a similar proposal, in the form of a memorandum of understanding from the Polson Education Association, from Dennis Johnson, Polson Middle School P.E. teacher, on May 16. Both Johnson and Bumgarner were offered different jobs after the April 1 deadline for notifying the district they would be quitting. The memorandum of understanding will ensure Bumgarner receives unused sick day pay. 

Trustee Andy Learn suggested that since Bumgarner has been so devoted to PHS that the board approve his request. 

The board voted to accept an MOU on Bumgarner’s behalf from the PEA.  

In other business, the trustees voted to allow the Montana Driver’s License Services to test motorcyclists in school parking lots, provide they make arrangements with the administration office.

The board also approved the high school district and the elementary district personnel reports, which included hiring nine new teachers. In-district transfers approved in personnel report include: Scott Wilson will serve as assistant high school principal; Elaine Meeks will become the interim special education director, Carla Farnstrom, who will teach fifth grade at PMS, Carrie Lapierre who will teach Title 1 at PMS and Tammy Kelley, who will teach physical education at PMS. 

A motion to accept out-of-district students, who currently attend Polson schools and who were recommended by their building principal, was approved by the board. In the same motion, two students who were not recommended by their building principal were denied admittance. Criteria are attendance, grades and discipline. 

The board intends to use a consent agenda to quickly deal with routine items, such as minutes, according to board chair Caryl Cox. 

The board’s next monthly meeting will be held July 9.

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