Pierre School Board Approves Unique Leave Of Absence To Allow Pierre Man To Run For State Education Association President

(KCCR) — The Pierre School District approved a unique leave of absence request this week. Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says he’s learned a lot from the process which is connected to a Pierre man’s bid to serve as president of the South Dakota Education Association…

“South Dakota Education Association president is a position that you have to run for, but you need to be a school employee. All the other past presidents from S-D-E-A; they have worked at a school system and most of them always will, but Loren Paul, guy from Pierre here, who had worked for S-D-E-A for many years. He retired from S-D-E-A. Wanted to be…run for the S-D-E-A president; there’s no way you can do that unless you’re an employee of a school district.”
So, Glodt says Paul got a job with the Pierre School District…

“He works with the Food Service department now and he has since the beginning of this school year. But he will be running for the S-D-E-A president position and should he be successful, he needs a leave of absence; so that’s a three year term. So what I’m asking the Board to do is approve a three-year leave of absence for Loren Paul. The part that’s kind of awkward is that he may or may not need (it).”
Glodt says the Pierre School District has been in contact with other districts whose employees have been former S-D-E-A presidents…

“We’re kind of a flow-through for the funding of it. We…it doesn’t cost the Pierre School District a penny to have the S-D-E-A president as one of their staff members, so the dollars flow through us from S-D-E-A, but they do need to be employed so I think Loren will do a tremendous job, should he win the position.”
The leave of absence request was approved unanimously by the Pierre School Board Monday night.