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Raises rescinded for two central office employees

No central office raises will be given after all. In a special called meeting Friday morning, Halifax County School Board members voted to rescind Monday night’s vote to give two members of the central office staff raises.

The decision was made following a closed session at Monday night’s regular scheduled school board meeting.

Valdivia Marshall was named assistant superintendent following approval of a new organizational chart Monday and would have received $5,000 in additional pay from federal funds.

 Supervisor for Secondary Education Frosty Owens also would have received $10,000 in extra pay for taking on the additional duties of student services, according to Monday’s vote. 

Director of Student Services was a position previously filled by Beverly Crowder who will retire effective July 1.

Following Monday’s meeting, ED-4 trustee Cheryl Terry said she found that information Herndon presented during the meeting was for numerous reasons “not truly the case,” so Terry made every effort to have the special called meeting Friday morning to rescind her vote.

“I want to fix this as soon as possible,” said Terry.

Friday morning after coming out from over an hour of closed session discussions, board members voted to rescind the vote to give either Owens or Marshall a raise.

In addition to the vote being rescinded, both Marshall and Owens told board members they would not accept the raises “due to budget challenges.”

In a letter submitted to school board members, they expressed gratitude for the raise but refused to accept it.

ED-5 trustee Roger Long said, “Out of respect for the individuals involved I vote yes” to accept the letters from Marshall and Owens.

The motion passed 6-2 with ED-1 trustee Phyllis Smith and ED-8 trustee Walter Potts opposing.

“We put them in a position that they felt like that needed to be done…it could have been avoided by us by not doing it originally. That’s why I’m voting no,” said Potts.