Owen board announces cuts, raises

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By Mary Alford
N-H Staff Writer
The Owen County Board of Education got straight down to business May 20.
The board approved a 2013-14 salary schedule which Owen County School District Superintendent Rob Stafford said is an improvement over its current form.
The new salary schedules, based on 185 school days, offers an increase for certified staff.
The present salary schedule was frozen in the 2012-13 school year due to budget constraints/
Depending on rank, the starting salary for a new Owen teacher can range from $28,000 to $41,000.
Staff reductions within the district in the upcoming school year will cover the salary increases.
One high-school teacher, one middle-school teacher and two special education teachers were let go under the district’s new budget.
It was also announced that Owen County Elementary School principal would be eliminated. Current Owen County Primary School Principal Sharen Hubbard would assume leadership of both schools.
In other action, the board also discussed an alternative unused sick leave program through the Kentucky teachers retirement systems, which covers classified employees.
This program will pay out to the employee 30 percent of their accumulated unused sick leave in a lump sum at termination.
In Owen County, there are 15 classified employees above the 20 years of service who are Kentucky Teacher Retirement members.
“We need to give a little something to these people,” Stafford said.
The board members also discussed the contract of auditor Charles T. Mitchell.
Members of the board cited a number of changes within the district’s financial picture and recommended to keep Mitchell for at least another year.
Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace proposed the possibility of a middle school volleyball team.
Although there were concerns raised about the financing of a team, the proposal was approved by the board.
Wallace said they had the kids take a survey at school and 106 of 174 said they would be interested in potentially participating in the sport.
School activity fund budgets for the 2013-14 school year were also approved for MBMS, OCHS, and OCPS.