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Board adjusts some school salaries

After rejecting the superintendent’s recommendation last month, Halifax County School Board members narrowly approved salary adjustments affecting 20 school employees Monday night following a lengthy closed-door session.

According to Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon, nearly $41,000 in adjustments will be made effective July 1 to make salary corrections affecting three categories: errors, job description errors and instructional coaches.

Herndon said salaries of seven teachers and two secretaries had been affected by errors, salaries of one teacher and one custodian were affected by job description errors, and salaries of all nine instructional coaches were impacted in some way.

Employees may see an increase or decrease in their salary for the upcoming contract year based on salary adjustments due to errors, stipend job description errors and adjustments to instructional coaches.

After reviewing proposed changes in each of the three categories Monday night, board members approved salary
adjustments by a 4 to 3 vote with ED-2 trustee Karen Hopkins, ED-4 trustee Cheryl Terry and ED-8 trustee Walter Potts opposing and ED-3 trustee Kimberly Farson abstaining.

Farson said Tuesday she abstained from voting “due to personal reasons.”

Halifax County School Board members voted at their March 25 special called meeting to present salary adjustments in categorical listings excluding experience adjustments. Board members asked the superintendent to bring back a list of the proposed salary adjustments in categories providing more details at the April 8 meeting.

During last month’s school board meeting, trustees authorized Executive Director for Administration Valdivia Marshall and Director of Finance Jay Camp to discuss the proposed salary adjustments with affected employees before bringing back their recommendations to the board for a final vote Monday.

After going to schools for two weeks and discussing possible salary adjustments with employees, Marshall and Camp brought their recommendations to the board for approval at their final budget work session March 25.

At that meeting Farson offered the motion to reject the superintendent’s recommendation for salary adjustments, and Potts seconded the motion.

Final vote was 6-1-1 with ED-1 trustee Phyllis Smith voting against the motion and ED-6 school board member Fay Satterfield abstaining.

Board members are expected to meet for a special called meeting Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. to further discuss the budget and proposed personnel changes pertaining to the budget. (See related story)