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Teachers want to donate sick days for custodian

January 22, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, OH — The more than 50 people who crowded into the Johnstown-Monroe High School Library for a board meeting all wore "We Love Mike" stickers, according to the Newark Advocate.

high schoolMost in attendance expressed to the board their desire to donate their sick days to custodian Mike Rivercomb, the article stated.

According to the article, the board was told by the custodian's wife that Rivercomb, a custodian and maintenance employee of the district for 15 years, is dying of cancer and has only a few months to live.

Rivercomb only has enough sick time to last him until the end of the month, and while teachers want to donate their time to him, they are technically prevented from doing so by their contract, the article noted.

The section in their contracts that allows them to donate one day of their sick time to another teacher only applies to other teachers, not classified staffs such as custodians, the article added.

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