Three groups of educators who work for the Calhoun County School System are expected to receive pay increases in the fall.
The Calhoun County Board of Education on Thursday approved pay increases for assistant principals, increased supplemental pay for coaches and established a supplement for choir teachers. Superintendent Joe Dyar said salary supplements are commonly paid to coaches and band directors, but he added that this fall will mark the first time choir teachers have received them.
“Choir teachers have a great deal of extra responsibility,” Dyar said.
Dyar said as the result of the vote, each assistant principal will earn about $2,500 more a year.
A coach’s increase will vary based on experience, Dyar said. Providing an example of one increase, he said boys and girls basketball coaches who last year received $5,200 in supplemental pay, will this year receive $6,500 in supplemental pay.
Choir instructors will receive an additional $2,500 annually from the new supplement.
“We want to thank our employees as much as we can,” Dyar said.
The supplement may be the first of many the board approves for employees who, like choir teachers, sponsor extracurricular activities. Board members and Dyar also talked about the possibility of paying supplements to more teachers, including yearbook sponsors.
“I know what these teachers do,” said Angela Morgan, district representative for the Alabama Education Association and a former Alexandria High School teacher. “Giving a small supplement is very much a deserved thank-you to them.”
The board split over the vote about whether it should increase assistant principals’ pay. Three of six attending members voted in favor of the move, two abstained from the vote and one voted against the measure. Another member of the seven-person board was absent.
In discussion prior to the vote on assistant principal pay, member Tobi Burt told the board he wanted to hold a work session about the matter before considering it. Board President Mike Almaroad moved ahead with the vote, saying that the board had enough time before the meeting to evaluate the numbers.
Morgan of the AEA challenged the result of the vote on assistant principal pay, arguing that it did not pass. Morgan, who supports giving assistant principals more pay, said the board needed a majority for the vote to pass.
Dyar said that he believes the measure stands, noting that the majority of the four members who voted supported the measure. However, Dyar said he would share the results of the vote with a board attorney to be certain the vote is valid. If it is not, Dyar said, he would bring the matter before the board again.
In other business the board:
— Voted to pay $17,000 for 1.1 acres of land in Weaver. Dyar said the land could be used as a parking lot for a new school there, adding that Weaver is likely to build a middle school within the next five years.
— Awarded bids, selecting Thompson Gas for propane, NES Rentals for a boom lift, Barber Dairy for milk, Flowers for bread and Republic Services for garbage disposal.
— Amended policy change to comply with a new state law that makes it illegal to require students to provide a Social Security number or a birth certificate in order to enroll in school.
— Passed two separate personnel recommendations. Board member Mike Almaroad abstained from one of the personnel votes, and Jeff Winn abstained from another one of the personnel votes.