Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 11, 2014

Howard: Raises will depend on SEEK funds

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Sean Howard, superintendent of the Glasgow School District, said during Monday evening’s Glasgow School Board meeting that there’s a possibility of district-wide pay raises during the next school year.

The raises depend on Support Education Excellence in Kentucky (SEEK) funding being raised, he said.

“Met with representative (Johnny Bell, D-Glasgow) on two occasions in the last three or four weeks and his inclination from his time here at the general session is that SEEK funding will increase and it would increase significantly ... ,” Howard said, adding that he wasn’t sure how much it may increase. “From the SEEK monies that the district would be allocated it would be left up to each district to determine if they wanted to give their employees a raise.”

Bell, who was reached by telephone Tuesday, said an increase in SEEK funding is currently part of the preliminary education budget.

“I believe the increase will stay, but I can’t guarantee it,” he said. “... The House is voting on it tomorrow (Wednesday).”

Howard said it had been “four or five years” since there were increases in coaching stipends.

“The total cost of these (stipend) increases ... would be under $4,500,” Howard said to the board. “What I would like to propose along with these minimal increases is that if we were to approve this stipend schedule that we only do so in the event that we are able to provide all employees with a raise in the next school year.

“In other words, if we aren’t able to give a district-wide raise to classified and certified employees that this would not go into effect to avoid coaches receiving raises and no one else receiving raises.”

The board unanimously agreed with his proposal.

After the meeting, Howard said that if pay raises do go into effect, employees would probably receive a 1 or 2 percent increase in pay.

In January during a joint school board meeting with Caverna and Glasgow school districts, Howard told Bell and Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, how budget cuts negatively impact the district.

“Just last year, we reduced our budget by over $600,000, reducing multiple teaching positions, decreasing administrative work days and pay,” Howard said. “... Certainly the last thing we want to be impacted in these cuts are the students. I think we’ve done a fairly good job of maintaining that, but it becomes increasingly difficult because we are again looking probably in the neighborhood of a half-million dollars to cut for next year.”

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