During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Hopkins County School Board, members heard and accepted a proposal to increase the pay scale for classified and certified staff.
Eydie Tate, Hopkins County School’s chief financial officer, said when they compared salaries at Hopkins County schools with other regional schools, the district was less competitive in some areas.
“Hopefully with this salary increase we will be able to recruit excellent teachers and retain them as well,” she said.
Teachers who have been employed for zero to five years will receive a 5% raise, employees who have worked six to nine years will receive a 4% raise, and anyone who has worked 10 years or more will receive a 3% raise.
All classified personnel will receive at least a 3% salary increase.
“With this pay scale, no full-time classified employee will earn less than $10.50 an hour,” Tate said. “That figure was $9.48 in previous years.”
Substitute pay will also increase from $8.50 to $10 per hour. Long-term subs will receive a higher rate of pay after the 21st day of concurrent service and will be retroactive to the start of the same job without a break in service.
The salary increase will take effect on July 1. This is one of the largest increases in the history of the school system, previously it did not exceed 2%.
Michael Powers, president of the Hopkins County Education Association, told the board that the HCEA had approached them about a pay rise because they felt it was important there was a significant raise in the school.
“We asked for 5% because we thought it was substantial,” he said. “While the pay scale on tonight’s agenda does not entirely meet the standard we were calling for, I think it is a step in the right direction. It begins to recognize the achievements of our educators.
Many council members told the crowd of mostly school employees at the meeting that they were happy to be able to give them a raise for all they did for the students.
“Being a teacher is not a job, it’s a calling,” said board member John Osborne. “As a board of directors, we appreciate what you do. We appreciate the hours.
Also during the meeting, the school board approved a change to early kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year.
Elementary education director Wendy Mitchell said the policy before tonight was that if a student tested in the 97th percentile, they were accepted into kindergarten early.
“Because the testing scale shows you are ready and above the level from the 90th percent and up, we’ve lowered this automatic approval for four-year-olds to the 90th percent,” she said. .
Also in the new policy, if a student scores between the 65th and 89th percentile, the committee will review that child’s information, from scores to observation to the child’s birthday.
In other news from Tuesday’s meeting, the school board:
- recognized Cassandra Oliver, a teacher at Hopkins County Central High School, with the “Remember Your Why” award for exceeding the expectations of her students and the school. Also, to help, even when not asked.
- approved KETS payment invoices to Alpha Technologies, Inc. for $57,539.83 for wiring materials at Madisonville North Hopkins High School.
- approved payment invoices to LE Gregg Associates in the amount of $10,535.83 for engineering services on the new Hanson Elementary School.
- approved the continuation of the Hopkins County Schools Learning Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.
- approved a Memorandum of Understanding with EF High School Exchange Year for the 2022-2023 school year.
- certified emergency, auxiliary and substitute instructors for the 2022-2023 school year
- approved to declare Madisonville North Hopkins band uniforms as surplus property and for
- be sold at public auction.
- approved a bid for water treatment finishing from West Hopkins to Clearwater Environmental Services and a bid to sell soft drinks from Dr. Pepper/LBH for the 2022-2023 school year.
- approved a rebuilt Ricoh lease for the central office human resources department.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at the Hopkins County Career and Technology Center.