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Board plans raises for school employees
Must be approved by board of supervisors

Friday, August 9, 2013

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin staff writer

The Henry County School Board is attempting to give all school division employees a 2 percent raise effective Jan. 1.

On Thursday, the board approved an additional appropriation request of $541,164. The appropriation must be approved by the Henry County Board of Supervisors.

It is money the General Assembly made available for school divisions to give 2 percent raises for Standards of Quality (SOQ) instructional personnel with a local match.

SOQ instructional positions include teachers, some instructional support staff and some administrators, schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said. Most school systems provide more instructional positions than SOQ-required positions, he said.

Cotton said that by giving staff a 2 percent raise for a half-year starting Jan. 1 rather than a full year, the $541,164 would cover 2 percent raises for all school division employees without a local match for the rest of the 2013-14 fiscal year.

However, in future budget years, the school division would have to come up with the additional funds in order to continue the raise, he said.

Also Thursday, the schools issued an update on the division’s energy conservation program.

It showed that during the first 3 1/2 years of the program, from February 2010 through June 2013, expected energy costs were $7,158,520, actual costs were $5,390, 381 and cost-avoided savings totaled $1,768,139.

Subtracting the energy program investment of $765,913.98 from the $1,768,139 in cost-avoided savings means the net savings totaled $1,002,225.61, according to the report.

The energy program environmental impact is the equivalent of 1,924 cars not being driven for a year, the update stated.

Energy Education manager Ken Adkins said after the school division’s contract with Cenergistic expires in January 2014, the division will save roughly $160,000 a year and Cenergistic will continue to provide support.

In other business, the school board placed Martinsville Bulletin Staff Writer Paul Collins on the Virginia School Boards Association Media Honor Roll, “calling attention to the ongoing responsible and exemplary nature of reporting on this community’s public schools,” a resolution states.

“We express our appreciation for your balanced and accurate approach to sharing with this community both the challenges facing our schools and the successes achieved by the teachers and students. Your work has aided this community in focusing on the goal of providing the best public schools we can for the children who attend them,” the resolution adds.

Collins joined the Bulletin in May 2007 and reports on schools in Henry County and Martinsville.


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