Teachers will not be the only school employees to receive raises in the next fiscal year. The Campbell County School Board, meeting in a recessed session on Tuesday night, approved raises of 35 cents/hour for secretaries, clerks and maintenance workers and 75 cents/hour for cooks, teachers’ aides, security personnel and janitors.

The total of the raises will cost the school department an additional $155,670 over the $40.6 million budget the board had previously approved. Finance Director Jeff Marlow explained that a savings of $69,400 was identified by adjusting funds budgeted for utilities, insurance and substitutes, all of which came in under budget.

The remainder, $86,270 will be taken from the school fund balance. “The fund balance will still be well within range of minimum state requirements,” Marlow explained.

This will be the second consecutive year that non-certified employees have received a raise in pay, having received $750/year last year after going eight years with no increase.

Sharon Ridenour made the motion to approve the raises, seconded by Faye Heatherly. The board voted unanimously to approve the motion, although Chairman Clint Bane and Crystal Creekmore were unable to attend the meeting. Vice Chairman Johnny Byrge then recessed the meeting once again until June 28 when the county commission will meet to finalize the budget.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/20/2018-6AM)