Outstanding service honored

Melvin and Katie Brock retired in December 2018, two years after the BOE implemented a Shared Benefit Plan to pay out unused sick pay for eligible public service employees.

Melvin and Katie Brock retired in December 2018, two years after the BOE implemented a Shared Benefit Plan to pay out unused sick pay for eligible public service employees. Their “big checks” — part of the JCSS Shared Benefit Plan — were presented at the Feb. 11, 2019, meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education, held at Maysville Elementary School.

Melvin and Katie Brock, longtime westside bus drivers for the Jackson County School System retired recently with “big checks” presented for “faithful service.”

David Farmer, JCSS director of transportation, and Dr. Selena Blankenship, director of human resources, explained at the February 11 meeting of the Board of Education that Mr. and Mrs. Brock, who rarely missed a day on the job, were leaving with the maximum payment possible for unused sick days, accumulated over the 24 and 21 years, respectively, they had worked for the school system.

Unlike certified teachers, classified personnel cannot roll over unused sick time into their retirement. The local board voted in December 2017 that eligible classified employees with 20 to 120 days of unused sick leave could receive payouts of $500 to $6,750 as an acknowledgment of their contribution to the school system.

Funds come from the savings realized by the school system’s Shared Benefit Plan, which provides an incentive for classified staff to secure health insurance outside the school system through their spouse, parent or other options, like Medicare.

David Farmer, director of transportation, joked with Melvin Brock that he “hoped Ms. Katie was going to let him keep some” of the check presented in honor of his long service to the school system.

Farmer pointed out he was the third director of transportation the Brocks had worked with — “they outlasted two others,” he said to laughter from the crowd at Maysville Elementary School, where the board meeting was held.

Melvin and Katie Brock laugh during David Farmer's remarks at the presentation of their Shared Benefit Plan "big checks" at the Feb. 11, 2019, meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education, held at Maysville Elementary School.

Melvin and Katie Brock laugh during David Farmer’s remarks.

He praised their service, dedication, work ethic and perform-ance. During their years of service, the Brocks drove for West Jackson Elementary School, West Jackson Middle School and Jackson County Comprehensive High School, as well as holding down jobs outside the school system, Farmer said.

“Ms. Katie said they hauled those babies — and that’s what she called them, ‘her babies’ — from Pre-K through graduation,” he said with obvious pride in their service.