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David Bundy Will Not Be Replaced ... for Now
April 15, 2009 - As part of ongoing efforts to minimize personnel costs, the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation will not, at least in the near future, replace its business manager, who unexpectedly resigned last week.
CAB Superintendent Gary Storie told school board members during a special meeting April 8 that Business Manager David Bundy’s job responsibilities will be divided between himself and other central office staff. Bundy, who turned in his letter of resignation two days earlier, is leaving CAB to become operations manager for Pfenninger Insurance Agency in New Castle.
At last week’s meeting -- already scheduled as part of the board’s strategic planning efforts -- Storie said that, so far, he and other staff had been able to absorb the bulk of Bundy’s duties. Despite some nervousness on the part of employees about the added responsibilities -- Storie said he and they were ready to “give it the old college try.”
“To be sure, he did quite a bit for the district,” Storie said of Bundy, whose last day at CAB is this Friday. “... We lost some significant talent.”
While Bundy will not be replaced, Storie did tell the board that help will be needed for other central office employees, who are being asked to do “a lot more than they’re already doing.” Acting on the superintendent’s recommendation, the board voted 6-0 (board member Mark Fort was absent) to give Storie permission to advertise for a full-time office assistant and interview applicants.
Storie told the board that the new position, which will be for 11 months out of the year, will pay $25,000-$26,000 and have a 90-day probationary period. He said he hoped to have a hiring recommendation by the board’s April 21 regular monthly meeting, and would like to have the new employee start April 22.
Storie said he expected that the new employee will spend about half their time helping Michelle Swift, CAB’s treasurer. According to a handout he gave board members, the new office assistant will also have receptionist duties like answering phones and greeting visitors to the central office, and will also provide support to the superintendent and handle some human resource-type tasks.
Board members also received handouts from Storie showing current job descriptions for other central office staff, and proposed descriptions showing the realignment of duties. Storie said Swift will have a “much large role in the financial matters of the district,” and that Lori Swincher, the current payroll/benefits coordinator, will become more like a deputy treasurer. Jena Schmidt, CAB’s current administrative assistant to the superintendent, will also take on several new responsibilities.
Storie initially said he expected hiring an office assistant instead of a new business manager would save CAB about $70,000 a year. However, he said the savings would be less if the new employee opts for the family health insurance coverage instead of the single plan.
Bundy’s base salary at CAB is $67,794 salary, but his total yearly compensation is $104,214. One of the perks he received with his job was that he only had to pay 25 cents a year toward his family’s annual health insurance premium, with CAB paying the remaining $25,094.
Responding to a question from Board President Kevin Knott, Storie clarified that the central office assistant will not get the same health insurance perk Bundy had received. Instead, he said the new employee would receive the same insurance benefit other support staff and teachers get, which now requires employees to pay $2,138 (23.9 percent) of their premium for single coverage, or $8,594.40 (34.2 percent) for the family plan.
Board member Wade Beatty said he thought that “in 12 months ... (we) will not have saved a penny.” By not having a business manager, he said he thought things would not get filed on time, leading CAB to have higher business costs.
Board member Tom Schaetzle said he worried that not having a business manager would affect Storie’s effectiveness as superintendent. He also expressed similar concerns about other employees who will be taking on added responsibilities.
Storie said he thought he would probably know by the board’s May meeting if the new arrangement is working out. He told the board he would not guarantee that he would not change his mind at some point and ask them to hire a business manager.
One thing that would help, Storie said, would be if CAB were to invest in software that would allow some payroll duties to be automated. With a little more than 200 hourly employees whose individual time records have to be manually keyed into the payroll system, he said an automated system would free central office employees who now have to enter this data to do other work.
While he and other current central office employees will be taking on additional work, Storie told the board he was not asking for raises for them at this time. However, he said he might make that request at a later time.
Board Vice President Steve Dalton noted that giving raises to the other employees would further reduce the savings that come with not hiring a new business manager. Knott also said if the new office assistant is going to be a full-time position, he didn’t think this was the time to give the other employees raises.
Schaetzle said he thought it was important that those taking on additional responsibilities are properly compensated in the future. Storie said he agreed.
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