By Carl Blankenship
SALISBURY – The Rowan-Salisbury Schools School Board will receive an update on the results of a pay study commissioned for classified employees at its Monday meeting.
The meeting will be held virtually. It will start at 4:30 p.m. and can be watched live at vimeo.com/rssboe. Anyone wishing to participate in the public comment period at the meeting should register by 3:00 p.m. on Monday by emailing Council Clerk Sonya Mulkey at [email protected]
The salary study was carried out at the beginning of the year by the firm HIL Consultants. It provided updated salary levels and created 30 step salary ranges based on comparable salaries in the market.
The district’s human resources department reviewed the study’s recommendations and made adjustments based on changes made by neighboring districts this summer, according to Monday’s agenda documents.
If the state passes a budget proposal setting the minimum wage for state employees at $ 13, that would increase the district’s current minimum wage by $ 11.66.
New pay scales have been set to put the lowest paid position at $ 13 an hour based on this potential increase.
This increase alone would raise the current district minimum of $ 11.66 per hour for publicly funded employees. Most of the classified positions, which include nutrition staff and bus drivers, are funded by state money.
RSS CFO Carol Herndon will describe a likely scenario for the district to implement the study over the course of several years.
Herndon and Director of Human Resources Jill Hall-Freeman will take the board through the district’s next steps, including reviewing funding options and setting implementation priorities in fiscal year 2021-2022.
In the other items of the agenda:
â¢ The board will discuss the appointment of a person to the vacant board seat. The board interviewed Lynn Marsh and Travis Billings in public two weeks ago. The board can appoint someone to the seat vacated by Susan Cox in October until the general election next year.
â¢ Council will consider extending its lease to Rowan County to use the parking space at the district bus garage for Rowan Transit vehicles. The requested extension runs until June 30, 2024.
â¢ The Board of Directors will review its COVID-19 policies. The board is required to review mask requirements every 30 days. The district has seen a sharp drop in quarantines and positive cases in the weeks following the implementation of the masks.