School employees stand to get nearly $1 million in raises, provided the Warren County Commission goes along with a plan which will be submitted by the School Board.
“It’s a bit of economic justice,” said School Board chairman Bill Zechman as the board approved the plan last night which will increase the pay teachers by about 2 percent. “That’s about $800 to $900 annually for your average teacher.”
The pay increase, however, will not just be for teachers. It will include all 956 school system employees.
The increase will combine to cost about $1 million. That’s an annual cost, not a one-time expenditure.
“I don’t think that’s a bit extravagant,” said Zechman, noting Warren County is in competition for talent as other school systems try to lure away the best teachers by offering higher wages. “We are capable of doing better than what we’ve been doing.”
The school system raises will be part of the budget package the School Board will submit before the County Commission for approval. Herschel Wells, chairman of the county’s Budget and Finance Committee, seemed skeptical such a pay raise would be approved.
“If you’re talking $1 million, that would be a 16-cent property tax increase,” said Wells. “I don’t think there are enough votes to go for that and I don’t think the people of Warren County would stand for that. You have to live within your means.”