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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007

Athens personnel want time to make comments on school salary matrix

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — Teachers and support personnel aren't happy with a salary matrix that gives them a state-mandated 7 percent raise.

They're aren't upset about the raise but about job placement on the matrix. For example, office managers are listed as teachers' aides.

Members of the Athens City Educators and the local Educational Support Personnel Organization told the Athens City Board of Education on Thursday that they have not had time to give their input on the matrix.

ACE Vice President Donna McDaniel said her group got a copy of the proposal Monday, but ESPO President Jane Farmer said her group never received a copy from the system.

State law and board policy state that the groups must receive copies before the board votes.

The law and policy do not specify a time frame.

Earlier this year, the board rescinded its policy that required it to introduce such an item at one meeting and wait until its next meeting to vote.

McDaniel asked the board to table the item, or introduce it and vote after hearing the employees' concerns.

Board President Larry Keenum said that historically, the board has addressed changes in policy as needed, and suggested the board approve the matrix and address the concerns later.

He then created a committee of board members and employee group representatives to look at the concerns.

7 percent raise

The matrix approved Thursday gives employees the state-mandated 7 percent raise based on the start of their contracts or school term and adds nurses and bus drivers to the matrix.

The board also voted to give Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. the 7 percent raise.

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