Teachers to get $1,860 pay hike

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 14:35 PM.

“I’m very much concerned about (that),” said Hinton. “I cannot believe there’s not a salary increase for everyone concerned.”

School Board Chair Jimmy Gander said it was his understanding the matter was out of the board’s hands, since the school board was not legally entitled to shift the money to support staffers.

“We have a choice now to approve it or not to approve it,” said Hinton.

“Is it the union that does not want to share with support staff?” asked Board Member Teresa Ann Martin.

Cathy Wood, who heads up the local teacher’s union, took issue with the term “sharing,” and said it was the teachers union’s determination the money was to go strictly for “evaluated instructional personnel.”

She said that the school district could have, but chose not to, extend about $18,000 of its own funds for a raise to support staff. This, she contended, was despite having approved two recent additional hires, at a pay rate above their predecessors.

“We furloughed last year. We already helped the cause,” said Wood.

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