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Plum School Board can't move on ending contract with company that finds sub teachers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

The Plum School Board remains at an impasse over the future of Kelly Educational Services.

Members on Tuesday night voted 4-4 to give 30 days notice to the firm that the district intends to terminate its contract.

Kelly provides substitute workers including teachers.

The tie vote resulted in the motion failing.

The vote was along party lines with four Democrats favoring the termination of the contract and four Republicans opposing it.

Board vice President Joe Tommarello was not in attendance.

There is no line item for Kelly Educational Services in the district's budget that was passed on June 30.

Board member Michelle Stepnick, a Democrat, said she plans to ask for the motion to be brought up again.

Board President Sal Colella wants more information from Kelly about the potential impacts of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act that, as of next year, requires employers including school districts to provide health insurance to those who work on average at least 30 hours a week, according to the IRS website.

“We have to get more data,” Colella said after the meeting. “We have to ask the right questions – the hard questions.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or

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