New school board members will get chance to weigh in on possible pay hike

  • Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:14 a.m.
Members of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will discuss the possibility of getting a pay raise Monday during their regular monthly meeting.

Board members voted 5-0 during the November meeting to increase the annual stipend for regular board members from $2,400 to $3,600, which equates to $100 more per month.

The chairman would earn $4,800, up from $3,600, while the vice chair would make $4,200, an increase from $2,400.

The three board members who serve on the appeals committee would also receive an additional $50 per month, a total of $600 annually.

The pay hikes would cost the district an additional $10,800 per year.

Linda Freeze made the motion for the pay increase during her final board meeting.

Fellow outgoing members Bryce Beard, Dr. Jim Emerson and Mike Caskey, who is now a member of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, OK’d the pay increase.

Current Vice Chairwoman Kay Wright Norman, who is serving her 18th year on the board, also voted for the change.

Jean Kennedy, a member of the current board, abstained from the vote, and current Chairman Dr. Richard Miller was not present during the meeting.

New board members Susan Cox, Chuck Hughes and Josh Wagner will have the chance to weigh in on the raise Monday before the board decides whether to proceed with the increase in compensation.

The following will also take place during Monday’s meeting:

• The board will receive a year-to-date financial summary through December.

• Alesia Burnette, the district’s director of elementary education, will provide an update on the implementation of the state’s curriculum.

• The board will receive information about the Crosby Scholars Program.

• Burnette will explain the AdvancED accreditation process school officials plan to undertake during the next 15 months for schools and the district to receive accreditation renewal.

• The board will get an update from the newly formed safety committee about revising and updating safety measures on school campuses.

• Gene Miller, assistant superintendent of operations, will provide an update about the district’s energy program.

• Wagner will lead a discussion about the feasibility of a vocational school for the district.

The school board meets at 5 p.m. at the Long Street Administrative Office, 110 N. Long St., East Spencer.

Contact Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.



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