The Floyd County Board of Education approved an across-the-board 1 percent raise for all employees this week.
During a July 22 meeting, the board approved a 1 percent raise for all certified employees who have a base salary schedule of 187 days and for all classified employees who are paid hourly.
The raise is retroactive to July 1 and will cost the district about $296,000 in its general fund and about $19,000 in the food service fund, the district reported.
“I’ll tell you, it’s an amazing act to be able to give this raise and here’s why,” Superintendent Danny Adkins said, “because we have one of the hardest working staffs, probably the hardest working staff, in Eastern Kentucky … It’s a reward, a monetary reward, for a great job being done by our staff. And I know what that means to a family, especially our classified (employees) and our teachers, too. I know what it means to a family, that raise. So, it’s awesome.”
The raises come a year after the board created what officials called at the time the district’s “own minimum wage” for classified employees. In July 2018, the board changed salary schedules for classified staff so that no employee works for less than $10 per hour. Several board members have suggested raises for teachers since that time, as did Floyd County Education Association President Angela Coleman, who has repeatedly asked the board to give raises to teachers.
“I’ve been asking for a raise every board meeting since I’ve been president,” she said. “We thank the board of education for the 1 percent and I’m sure that they will continue to work to give us another percent, and another percent, to get us up to where we need to be, compared to other surrounding counties because Floyd County teachers work really hard.”
She also said, “I’m glad to get the 1 percent. Maybe we’ll get another percent next year and another percent the following year. That’d be good. I know times are hard, but they said they would give us a raise and they did. I appreciate them following up and doing what they said they were going to do.”
During the meeting, the board approved its pre-audit financial report, which details finances for the 2018-2019 fiscal year prior to adjustments in revenues and expenses that must be made before the audit is completed. The report shows that the district budgeted receipts and expenses of about $54 million in the general fund and, to date, the district has received $55.4 million and spent about $49 million, leaving $6.4 million available to carry forward in the new fiscal year.
Adkins said that increase in carry-forward funding is one of the reasons the raise was possible.
“Actually, well, obviously, last year, we were pretty good stewards,” Adkins said. “We started the year at $6.1 (million) last year. Well, this year, we’re going to carry forward almost $6.4 (million). So, we’ve done a pretty good job at keeping a handle on our finances.”
Among other actions taken, the board also renewed its subscription to UPSLOPE at a cost of $3,300. The program coordinates employee discipline by providing a uniform reporting system for the district.