Trustees Approve New School System Compensation Plan | Education


The Halifax County School Board took a step toward increasing compensation for all employees in the school system when they approved a compensation plan to go into effect no later than July 1 when they left. met Monday evening.

The compensation plan includes a new scale for teachers as well as a tiered compensation plan for all employees.

The school board’s plans to use the deferral funds to make this possible as well as a request to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors to increase the property tax by 2 cents should be presented to supervisors for consideration.

This plan also includes a retirement incentive and the elimination of 10 positions.

A survey has been sent to employees with 30 years of service with the Virginia Retirement System, and responses are expected on September 20.

This compensation plan follows a year when a “mass exodus” of teachers left the school system, as ED-3 administrator Sandra Garner-Coleman expressed it to the dozens of teachers who left the region for. teach elsewhere in order to earn a higher salary.

“If we keep the same level then more people will leave the county,” said Garner-Coleman, who noted that higher pay was the main reason cited by resigning teachers in their exit polls.

With the current salary scale, teachers have to work with the school system for seven years before they start receiving more than a first-grade teacher salary.

Under the new approved scale, a first and second year teacher will earn $ 42,752, and a third and fourth year teacher will earn $ 42,875.

A fifth grade teacher will now earn $ 43,016, an increase of $ 265, and a grade 10 teacher will now earn $ 45,124, an increase of $ 2,249.

The cost of implementing the approved salary scale for teachers is $ 1,864,000.

The compensation plan also places support staff and administration on a staggered compensation plan based on years of service.

With the new plan, an aide would see an increase of $ 5,386, bringing his salary to $ 22,943; a custodian would see an increase of $ 2,532 bringing his salary to $ 22,917; and the administration would see an increase of $ 5,772 bringing their salary to $ 75,505.

The cost to support the graduated compensation plan for support staff and administration is $ 797,800.

School board members also discussed the possibility of implementing the mid-year compensation plan, but ultimately decided to ask supervisors to implement the change by July 1 at the latest.

ED-3 Administrator Sandra Garner-Coleman brought a motion to this effect, which was seconded by ED-5 Administrator Freddie Edmunds and unanimously approved by the Board of Directors.

Ahead of the vote, ED-8 administrator Walter Potts warned the board of directors against using deferral funds, then expects supervisors to foot the bill once these funds used.

“We can sit in the, the land as much as we want. We need it in writing, ”Potts said.

Edmunds rang the bell saying, “We can only do what is right. We have to take care of our workers. “

Garner-Coleman also said, “Optimism. Practice.”

Also on Monday evening, school board members received a health update from Lineburg, who said the county’s positivity rate was 11.9%.

This rate measures the number of positive results out of all COVID-19 tests administered.

Lineburg also said that as of Monday, 12 employees have tested positive with COVID-19 since August 1 and 51 students have tested positive with COVID-19. The superintendent also noted that of those 51 students, 24 of them tested positive before the first day of school and did not start school.

He also said 133 students were out of school due to the quarantine on Monday.

The good news, he said, is that there has been no transmission at school, which means there has been no link between those who tested positive for COVID-19. within the school system.

The school board also reviewed the Monday Night Learning Standard results which were released in August.

Dr Jeanie Hawks, director of instructional technology and division testing, delivered results that had declined significantly over the past year, but reflected a nationwide trend.

Local students performed below state averages in most subjects.

In reading, Clays Mill scored a 59; Cluster Springs rolled a 64; Meadville scored a 48; Scottsburg scored a 60; Sinai scored a 46; South Boston scored a 48; Sydnor Jennings scored a 51; Halifax County Middle School scored a 60; and Halifax County High School earned a 69, the only school to meet the state average in reading.

In math, Clays Mill scored a 39; Cluster Springs got a 32; Meadville scored a 25; Scottsburg scored a 37; Sinai scored a 24; South Boston scored an 18; Sydnor Jennings scored a 26; the college scored a 27; and high school got a 40.

In science, Clays Mill got a 50; Cluster Springs got a 37; Meadville scored a 30; Scottsburg scored a 16; Sinai scored a 19; South Boston scored a 27; Sydnor Jennings scored an 11; the college scored a 43; and the high school got a 44.

Hawks noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption throughout the school year and fewer times, and it has allowed parents to remove their child from SOL, which many have chosen to do.

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