Four Calhoun County middle and elementary school principals will see a bump in pay after the Board of Education voted to renew their contracts, despite objections by one member to the raises.
Superintendent Joe Dyar presented the contracts for approval during the board’s first meeting of the new year.
“When I recommend someone, I do so because I think they deserve it,” Dyar said after the meeting. “Within those contracts there are usually financial supplements. Not everyone gets one, but all of these people are rock stars and I thought the raises were appropriate.”
Board member Tobi Burt however said he wouldn’t vote for any raises unless all employees were “taken care of.”
“It’s nothing personal,” Burt said during the meeting. “I just object to it.”
The remaining board members, with the exception of Jeff Winn who was not present for the meeting, voted to approve the contracts.
The board also voted to amend the current budget to update the beginning fund balances. In the budget document passed in September, Tina Parris, the chief schools financial officer, estimated the system would begin the fiscal year with $60.3 million.
According to the amended budget, the system actually began the fiscal year with about $1.5 million less. The budget was also amended to account for Title I and Title II budget cuts, and additional personnel, but added state and federal grants as well as excess money from the previous fiscal year.
During the meeting, Parris said revenues appear to be down $591,000 as compared to last year.
“I talked with the revenue commissioner and she said collections have been slower than normal but should look normal in the next couple of months,” Parris said.
To date the system has collected about $1.3 million in ad valorem taxes, about $27,500 in beer and liquor taxes and about $622,900 in sales taxes for this fiscal year.
In other business, the board:
Approved a $196,000 bid to Boatner Construction Company for new visitor-side bleachers at White Plains High School.
Declared some refrigerated walk-in coolers as surplus
Named Donna Murphy employee of the month for December and Jackie Williams employee of the month for January
Named Carol McNew the technology teacher of the month and gave Shasta McFry the superstar award
Recognized three county students for winning an art competition sponsored by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
Recognized the Alexandria High School Volleyball team for its state championship