It's severe weather season, my friends! We here in Oklahoma know all too well the fear this time of year brings and the devastation that can occur. While we have no control over when and where severe storms, including tornadoes, can hit, we do have control over our schools' preparedness levels.I know every single one of you has a plan in place for sheltering in the event of a tornado, but does that plan include more than just basic communication with parents? We never want to think that a tornado could hit our own schools, but we have seen it happen time and again to others, and I cannot stress enough how critical it is to have a crisis communication plan in place.You will have a ton of information to convey, and in chaotic situations, people are often unable to think clearly and logically. That is when a carefully thought-out, detailed plan is crucial to have ready to enact.
These are just a few of the questions for which you will need to identify clear answers. If you have not formed a team to do this, there is no better time than NOW. Please contact me, and I can assist you in whatever stage of planning you are currently in.
Are you considering all voices for your school's/district's communication efforts?
When we released the June finance report last week, we included a positive set of numbers and facts in it. We see continued recovery in the revenue streams for education, and it does look like we may actually get out of this year without a revenue inconvenience.
On December 1, the pay threshold for non-exempt employees will be raised from $23,660 to $47,446. Additionally, the classification for exemption has narrowed, meaning that employees once considered executive, professional or administrative might be eligible for overtime pay.