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Grayson approves teacher raises

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Grayson County’s school budget includes a 2% raise for instructional and support staff.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE – All employees of Grayson County Public Schools will receive a pay increase for the 2014-15 school year after school board members voted unanimously to approve new pay scales during their regular meeting this month.
Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant approached the board during the April 14 meeting with the request to consider the increases.
“We’re asking for a 2 percent increase of base pay, plus one step for each position across the board,” Chalfant said, noting that all positions – certified and support staff – would be included in the increase.
Additionally, Chalfant said the approval would also put all principals back on a 12-month contract.
During a joint meeting earlier this year with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, Chalfant spoke about the need for the salary increases.
“We see this as a reward and a ‘thank you’ to our staff for being committed and working hard for Grayson County,” he said during the meeting.
Grayson ranks 119 out of 136 school divisions in the state in teacher pay, which places the county in the bottom 13 percent.
To break it down even further, Chalfant showed the board that the average net pay for a teacher had decreased from $21,852 in 2008-09 to $18,592 last year — a 14.92 percent downgrade over the past five years.
“Now, when you hear about a single mother of three qualifying for food stamps, you get an idea of where that comes from,” Chalfant said at the meeting.
School board member Shannon Holdaway motioned to approve the new salary scales and it was seconded by Gary Burris. The motion passed unanimously.