Former employee claims Nashua School District owes him sick pay

BOE conducts non-public meeting for ‘personnel hearing.’

NASHUA – The Nashua Board of Education held a special, non-public meeting Monday night for a “personnel hearing” with Lorne Swindell, a now-retired former employee of the Nashua School District for more than 20 years.

Swindell, who worked as the energy manager, implementing and maintaining a program to save the district energy costs, said after the meeting that he felt he was “due a benefit that I did not get.”

In a letter to the editor that was published Oct. 8, Swindell said that when he planned to retire in 2010 he was asked to stay as a part-time employee, working 20 hours per week to continue the energy program. He was told that he would still be allowed to collect his retirement.

Confirmation via a personnel action form was sent to the human resources

office stating he was being permanently recused from 40 hours per week to 20 hours, but that he was not being terminated.

“When I fully retired on June 30, 2017, I got all my accrued vacation pay, but not my accrued sick time pay. The HR department denied this, because they said I left before completing another 10 years at part time. I told her my service was not interrupted when I went part time, as per the PAF that was sent to them,” he said.

“There was no interruption in my employment, so I should get the sick time at 35 percent of what I accrued. That comes to about $2,800,” he said.

As a non-union affiliated employee, he cannot go to the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board.

Swindell said he had been “harassed” by the HR department on other occasions since moving to part time and that the “efficiency and competence” of the office leaves “a lot of be desired.”

He concluded his letter with “Nashua deserves better, and it’s time they got it.”

In the hour-and-a-half long BOE meeting with Swindell, with attorneys present, no agreements could be reached.

Members decided to have a continuation of the meeting, a date for which has not been set, according to BOE president George Farrington.