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County schools to cease AEA payroll deductions

Published 8:12pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education will cease payroll deductions starting in July.

After a court ruling calling for school systems to stop deducting Alabama Education Association dues from the paychecks of school employees who are members, Tallapoosa County Schools will follow suit starting in July.

“June 30 is the date to eliminate payroll deductions. We’ve worked with Mr. (T.C. Coley) and we have a plan for doing that. We deduct payroll deductions this pay period, which begins the first of the month and ends June 30,” said Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joe Windle during Monday’s school board meeting. “We will eliminate payroll deductions for the month of July. Our folks have been notified. I think we did it the right with taking care of our people but meeting the intent of the law.”

The law was passed by the Republican-led legislature in 2010 and had been blocked by courts until February of this year.

During Monday’s meeting, the board approved a bid by Zedot Construction Inc. of Wetumpka for the roofing project at Reeltown Elementary School.

“There were companies that made bids – Zedot was the lowest bid at $238,525. They’re the only bidder that was a general contractor,” Windle said. “I was a little surprised at their bid being the lowest because they’ve got to make a profit as a general contractor. If they accept as they bid, at that point we’ll set a timeframe for the project.”

During Monday’s meeting the board also approved the Bread and Milk bid renewal options for school year 2014-2015.

The next Tallapoosa County School Board meeting will be July 7 at 5 p.m. in the new board of education building. A work session will be held July 1 at 5 p.m. and will also be held at the board of education.

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