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ACBOE approves two percent raise for employees

Published 7:41pm Thursday, July 18, 2013

All Alexander City Schools employees will see a 2 percent raise across the board following unanimous approval from board members Tuesday.

Superintendent Darrell Cooper said the raise was possible because the system “hadn’t lost the funds we thought we were going to lose because of sequestration.”

“We … had budgeted additional money for sequestration that we’re not going to have to use (for other expenses),” said Alexander City Schools Chief Financial Officer Rhonda Blythe in the board meeting. “It’s not costing us extra money because we had that money budgeted for sequestration.”

Blythe said employees on 12-month contracts will see the raise beginning in July because that is when those new contracts begin, and 9- or 10-month employees will see the raise beginning with their new contracts in September.

This is the first raise school employees have seen since the 2007-2008 school year, when all employees received a 7 percent raise, Cooper said.

“I’m very comfortable making the recommendation,” Cooper said. “It’s not a large sum of money compared to our $20 million budget. It’s something rewarding for our teachers, who haven’t had a raise in six years. I wish we could do more or the state could do more.”

The board also:

- approved minutes for the June 14 and July 2 meetings

- approved the financial report

- approved Cooper’s personnel recommendations and recognized new hires who were present at the meeting

- held a work session following the meeting concerning the beginning stages of a strategic plan for the school system