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At Wednesday’s Schools Policy Committee meeting it was brought up that some Cumberland County students have dropped out of school, gotten their GED, and have then been hired as substitute teachers. To encourage the county’s youth to stay in school, the Policy Committee is recommending that substitute teachers must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or equivalency unless they are currently enrolled or graduated from an accredited college program.
Changes may be coming regarding Cumberland County Schools Sick Leave and Personal Days Polices for non-certified employees. At Wednesday night’s meeting, the Schools Policy Committee was informed that some non-certified employees are using up all their 5 sick days and 5 personal days in a very short time period and then quitting. Given there’s no probationary period, these days are available the moment they are hired. Not only does this create a staffing issue, but it’s costing the school system money. The committee has tabled the matter pending further study.
A Nashville man previously taken into custody for a quick change scam in Crossville now has another theft charge on his police record. On Wednesday the Peavine Road Subway manager reported that on Sunday a man scammed a clerk out of least $50. Crossville police viewed the Subway security video and identified 57 year old Anthony Sylvester Scott, Sr. He is the same man who was named as an accomplice in a similar quick change scam at the Woodmere Exxon in Crossville. In that case Scott and 52 year old Jeffrey Todd Starnes of Nashville scammed the cashier out of $300. Authorities caught up with the pair at a Lenoir City truck stop and they were brought back to Cumberland County. Starnes also faces a felony robbery charge and is due in General Sessions Court on October 27.
Crossville Police Officers are the lowest paid out of 9 comparable cities in Tennessee. Crossville City Manager David Rutherford reported to Council in work session on Tuesday, stating that out of 9 cities he surveyed, Crossville pays entry level police positions the least. The City Manager told Council members that the City does a poor job of compensating employees, with 11 employees with many years of service are making less than $25,000 per year. He added that the Police and Fire employees are also underpaid. According to Rutherford, it will take around $200,000 to get employees even close to where they need to be and will take at least a 2 year commitment from Council to get wages up to par. Rutherford will be presenting a compensation and classification plan for the Council to review during their regular meeting next Tuesday.
The Crossville City Manager is seeking approval from Council for a position of Director of Municipal Operations to coordinate operations in maintenance, street department and utility maintenance. During a work session on Tuesday, the City Manager presented a job description for the position and noted that he was considering the out sourcing of select services. Council members seemed interested in both the idea of Director of Municipal Operations and the possibility of out sourcing but were not ready to move forward and preferred to further study the matter. Councilman Pete Sousa expressed the desire that the position be filled in next fiscal year budget, while also noting that he did not want anyone to interpret the discussion as any indication that city employee jobs will be out sourced. Council gave no indication when they will address the matter again.