County School Teachers Set To Get Cash Infusion

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
School board session
School board session

Hamilton County School teachers and fellow employees, who recently bemoaned the lack of raises in recent years, are set for a cash infusion.

County school officials said Wednesday afternoon they are recommending that school employees get a three percent pay increase that is retroactive to July.

In addition, the employees are to receive a one-percent bonus payment.

The raises must be approved by the school board. The presentation was made to five board members on the finance committee, and no one raised objections.

Christie Jordan, finance director, said over the past five years school employees have gotten pay increases totaling 4.93 percent. She said during that time inflation has gone up 10.73 percent.

The raise will bring a starting teacher's salary to $36,044.

An employee with a doctorate and 25 years experience will get $63,247.

Ms. Jordan said the increase will include $1.2 million from the state. She said the local portion will include $1 million from savings on utilities, $1 million from an unexpected number of teachers choosing to retire and being replaced by new teachers at lower pay, $800,000 from a reduction in the leave of absence account, a reduction in employer-paid retirement by $800,000 and a reduction in employer-paid Social Security due to insurance deductions which are pre-tax.

Another $1.1 million for the raise will come from the fund balance.

The $2.2 million for the one-percent bonus will also come from the fund balance.

It costs about $2.2 million to fund a one percent increase for school employees.

Ms. Jordan said the fund balance has been built to almost $30 million. It had dropped as low as $13 million in 2009.

 


Coffee County Death Row Inmate Dies At State Prison

Death Row inmate Gregory Thompson has died at the age of 52. He was pronounced dead at 5:40 p.m. on Thursday at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.  Thompson died of natural causes.  Thompson was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the murder of a female newspaper reporter, 28-year-old Brenda Blanton Lane. She ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAILEY, SHARMINEY 7598 W HWY 136 CHICHAMAUGA, 30707 24 Chattanooga AGGRAVATED ROBBERY CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION BOLES, BRANDON LEE 422 SANDALWOOD DRIVE HIXSON, 37343 22 Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF CAISSIE, HOLLI AMANDA 78 FALLBROOK LANE RINGGOLD, ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A ‘Black Friday’ Poem

On this, “Black Friday,” when frantic shopping and crowded aisles cause some nerves to wear thin, please allow me to share a poem a friend sent me not long ago called “Shoes in Church.” Perhaps it will be fitting: SHOES IN CHURCH I showered and shaved. I adjusted my tie. I got there and sat In a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer, as I closed my eyes. I saw ... (click for more)

Alcoa Run Game Has Notre Dame's Attention In 3A Semis

Notre Dame defensive lineman Robert Murphy has a good handle on what defending Class 3A champion Alcoa is likely to do against the Irish in Friday night’s semifinal playoff game at Finley Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. “We know their running game is very powerful,” Murphy said. “They like to pound the ball and run it down your throat.” That’s exactly what the top-ranked ... (click for more)

UTC Men Defeat Coastal Carolina,78-67

UTC’s Ronrico White is use to pre-game shoot arounds, but Wednesday’s “almost midnight madness practice” 14 hours prior to tipoff against Coastal Carolina was out of the ordinary but highly effective. “My shooting touch was off (2 for 14 in the last three games) so Coach Wes Long called a shoot around for late last night and we made some adjustments in my technique and it paid ... (click for more)