The Wayne County Board of Education met in regular session for their June meeting following a reception honoring the retired staff who were each presented with a plaque for their years of service to Wayne County students.
The retirees logged a combined 470.75 years of service to the Wayne County students. This year’s class of 2022 retirees include: Cindy Gregory, Tamara Cox, Jennifer Chaplin, Johnny Chaplin, Anna New, Elsie Jones, Cynthia Foster, Betty Jo Rains, Sherry Lemaster, Connie Dishman, Cathy Dishman, Liz McClain, Roger Keith, Diane Goff, Shirley Hughes, Katherine Kidd, and Talena Skeens.
During the meeting, Superintendent Wayne Roberts recommended a salary increase for both classified and certified employees in the 2022-23 salary schedules. His recommendation included a three percent raise for certified employees and a .70 cent per hour increase for classified, based on an increase of funding from the state legislature. Board member Benton Sloan advocated for the classified staff and said some just work to be able to get insurance and are “barely scratching by”. Board Member Jarrod Criswell suggested the decision be tabled to an upcoming special called meeting already being planned.
The superintendent and finance officer responded by noting the importance of the teaching staff which are the backbone of the instructional program and who have invested in their own educations financially to be properly trained, as well as liability issues. They believed their recommendation was fair, as well as being conservative when considering the future economic situation.
The board members were also concerned about the upcoming financial forecast. They approved a motion for the certified staff to receive a 1.5 percent increase and to raise the classified staff salary by a $1.00 an hour. There were three votes in favor, one vote against and one abstained. The motion passed.
In other business:
*The 2022-23 Student Code of Conduct was reviewed with some minor alterations. One of the main concerns was student vaping. In addition, Board Member Jarrod Criswell had concerns about the dress code being equitable and DPP Stewart York said he would pass the information to the principals, since their Site Base Decision Making Councils address the specifics on that matter.
*Tabled awarding a bid for custodial services to make sure those employees are being appropriately compensated.
*Tabled a discussion on a continued contract with Assured Partners NL Insurance Agency for property, equipment, liability, auto and workers compensation insurance for the upcoming school year.
*Agreed to renew a contract with SMART Systems for Sanitation Services and Cleaning Supplies Program for the Food Service Program.
*Declared six school buses as salvage property.
*The board met in executive session at the conclusion of the meeting to discuss the superintendent’s bi-annual evaluation. No action was taken.
*A special called meeting will be scheduled to discuss some of the tabled matters, yet to be decided.