Washington County school chief's staffers to get raises

April 18, 2012

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Three members of the county schools superintendent’s executive staff will get raises in July, the Washington County Board of Education decided this week.
Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox asked the board to vote Tuesday on the raises for Deputy Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael, Chief Financial Officer Chris South and Chief Legal Counsel Anthony Trotta.

The board approved the raises with a 6-1 vote, school system officials said.

Board member W. Edward Forrest cast the dissenting vote.

“Those folks are due a raise, but if you don’t have the money, you can’t promise something you don’t have,” Forrest said Wednesday.

Forrest said he voted against the raises — as well as against raises for other employee groups and against the budget this year — because the school system doesn’t know yet what revenue it will receive for the upcoming fiscal year.

Forrest abstained from the February vote on pay increases for supervisors and administrators because his wife is a school principal.

Raises for Michael, South and Trotta were handled separately from raises for other supervisors and administrators, including other executive team members, because the three men were involved in negotiations for pay raises for supervisors and administrators, Wilcox said Wednesday.

Wilcox said the step increase for supervisors and administrators, approved in February, is roughly equivalent to a 3 percent pay hike.

The raises for Michael, South and Trotta are approximately a 2.7 percent pay increase, Wilcox said.

The total cost of raises for the three men will be no more than $12,370 in the next fiscal year, Wilcox said.

— Julie E. Greene

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