Grove City School Board is proposing special recognition of the district’s technology director.
Recommending an honorarium for a staff member is not typical, but the work of Judy Dennis hasn’t been typical over the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joshua Weaver said during the personnel committee meeting during Monday’s board work session.
She works hard and has spent extra time dealing with new software and hardware, and she makes sure letters and notifications get sent out to families, he said.
The board will be voting at the Feb. 8 meeting on the honorarium, which calls for Dennis to receive $3,000.
The executive summary included in the agenda is signed by Weaver and Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Finch.
It notes that Dennis has taken on additional responsibilities and extended work hours, just like all staff and faculty.
In response to the pandemic, Dennis continues to oversee Blackboard Connect communications, often outside of school hours; she coordinates the virtual school board meetings; planned and implemented the distribution of Chromebooks to all students; and took the lead on setting up live-streaming capabilities for classes.
She has gone above and beyond what is expected of a technology director, Weaver said.
August Hurst, chair of the personnel committee, asked if the board would be creating a precedent for other administrative support employees, especially since everyone is doing extra work related to COVID-19.
Though she has done extra work that has allowed the board to keep meeting and conducting business, he added.
“To say that she went above and beyond is enough of a label,” board member Dr. Constance Nichols said.
At the end of the work session, several board members agreed that the honorarium would be well-deserved and that Dennis is an asset to the district.
“I don’t know what we’d do without her,” board member Heather Baker said.