Wood BOE approves salary increases

PARKERSBURG – Eight central office positions will have their supplemental pay increased next month, some by more than $25 a day.

The Wood County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 4-1 in favor of more than $56,000 in supplemental pay raises for the eight positions. Board member John Marlow was the lone vote against, voicing concerns over the timing of the raises.

“The budget had already been decided and approved, and then they came to us with this change,” Marlow said Thursday. “I’m not against increasing their salaries, but we had other entities that came to us through the proper channels and before the budget was approved.”

Marlow said the board held budget hearings and approved the 2013-14 budget last month. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

“If they’d waited until the budget process came up again next year, I wouldn’t have any problem with this,” he said. “It’s just the timing.”

Finance Director Connie Roberts said Thursday the salary schedule approved Tuesday was the same as one presented to the school board for consideration in late May.

“There were not changes made in the meeting,” Tuesday, Roberts said. “It was approved as proposed in the prior meeting.”

Roberts said the new salary schedule will begin with the new fiscal year on July 1.

Tuesday’s approval of the new salary schedule increases the supplements of two assistant superintendents, the director of curriculum, director of elementary education, director of secondary education, finance director, federal programs director, attendance director and food service director.

Several directors, who receive $48-a-day supplements, would get a $27-a-day increase, bumping them to $75. That’s a $7,000 pay raise over the life of a 261-day contract.

The two assistant superintendents, currently receiving a supplement of $62.40, would see an increase of $17.60-a-day, a $4,500 pay raise.

Officials have argued the increases are necessary to attract new applicants to those positions and to keep administrator pay higher than the pay of principals.

Base salaries for employees are based on college degrees and years of service. Principals who’ve been in the school system for 25 or 30 years sometimes earn more than a director with fewer years of service.

High school principals in the county, depending on the size of the schools and number of employees they supervise, can receive daily supplements of $74.04. That includes both state and county increments. Middle and elementary school principals receive supplements as high as $49.18 and $45.18, respectively.

Officials cannot change the base salary for the positions, referring to the state salary schedule for professional employees.