By Jamison Hooks
Despite the 6 percent increase in expenditures of this year’s budget the Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) voted to take a rollback rate of 15.264.
This year’s $31,896,949 budget features a 6 percent increase in expenditures compared to last year’s budget of $30,896,949.
The increase in budget is mainly the result of a governor-initiated 3 percent bonus for certified teachers, plus the BOE’s decision to implement a pay scale for classified staff.
Combined, each of these budgetary initiatives adds up to $835,000.
“Teachers will see the biggest benefit in compensation through an added bonus this year. The three percent bonus for certified teachers represents a $576,000 budgetary impact,” explained BOE Chief Financial Advisor Libby Whitaker.
The rollback rate dropped from 15.436 in 2015 to this year’s 15.264.
Board members voted to pass both the budget and the millage rate.
Brad Evans of the BOE mentioned to the board that it had been brought to his attention that teachers for various activities and sports are not being paid fairly.
“I want to make sure everyone is being treated fairly. It seems we have a culture to value sports more than other things. We need some sort of fairness or rational in how we compensate,” said Evans.
Evans requested that the board set up a rubric in order to determine how coaches and teachers would be paid based off aspects such as complexity of sport, hours, and time dedicated to the activity during summer.
Superintendent Dr. James Woodard advised the board that the subject would be re-visited at the August board meeting.