Published on October 4th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
District Five leaders sign ‘Statement of Support’ for guard and reserve members
IRMO – In a show of support for service members, Lexington-Richland School District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner and all 22 of the district’s principals signed statements of support recently pledging to honor and recognize guard and reserve members.
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support confirms that all schools in District Five join other employers in pledging to recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA). District officials also pledged to encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and veterans and to ensure that managers and supervisors have tools and training to manage employees who serve in the guard and reserve.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Colonel (ret) Eli Wishart, SC ESGR State Chair. “I am asking all South Carolina employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees. Many South Carolina employers provide support above and beyond what is required by law by offering pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees are mobilized.”
When asked about the criteria, Wishart said: “By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, School District Fivepledges to stand proudly with its Guard and Reserve employees, who continue to answer their nation’s call to defend our way of life. Their personal sacrifices are essential to the strength of our nation.”
Hefner said, “District Five stands behind the men and women who serve this great nation. We are proud to be part of this important agreement.”
With the signing, District Five joined Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for U.S. armed forces. Wishart added, “By signing the Statement of Support, District Five leaders send a clear message to the employees of District Five that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
Scott Carlin who serves as the district’s Coordinator of Facility Operations also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 94th Civil Engineer Squadron. He has been deployed three times in recent years. Carlin said, “This agreement formalizes the great support I have always received from District Five. I am honored to serve my country and humbled by the support from District Five.”