News from the Board -- August 9, 2022

Posted by Jessica wells on 8/10/2022 12:00:00 PM

 

The Onslow County Board of Education held its first regular monthly meeting of the 2022-2023 school year on August 9 at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items included an overview of 2022-2023 salary adjustments for OCS employees. Member Eric Whitfield was not in attendance.  

After a Good News Spotlight segment, which highlighted the summer work of employees, and a public comment period with one speaker, Chief Finance Officer Jeff Hollamon started the meeting’s general business. 

Hollamon presented to the Board a review of the recently passed state and local salary adjustments that will take effect in 2022-2023. The state approved raises for teachers, principals, other certified staff, and classified staff. Teachers will see an average of 4.2 percent, while the principal and classified salary schedules will see an increase of 4 percent. Minimum pay for all employees has been raised to $15, and bus driver starting pay has increased to $16 an hour.  

In the coming months, additional adjustments to the classified salary schedule will be made at the local level.  

The state is also offering bonuses for teachers and other certified staff, including sign-on and performance bonuses. At the local level, the Onslow County BOE has approved a one-time $1,500 retention bonus for certified and classified employees, which will be paid out in November 2022.  

Hollamon also reviewed the recent increase in the local certified supplement, which has increased from 10 percent to 12 percent, starting in the 2022-2023 school year.  

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