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JCPS board to vote on raises, including bump to $14 an hour for 800 employees

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education will be asked Tuesday to approve a salary schedule that includes raises and a move to bump the district's lowest paid employees to at least $14 an hour.

If approved by the school board, all employees will receive a .75 percent increase in pay, plus experience-based step increases, for the 2016-17 year. The salary increases would be retroactive to July 1, 2016, with employees noticing a difference in their paychecks starting next month.

In addition, any employee who after the increase continues to make less than $14 an hour will have their hourly rate boosted to that threshold, according to the district proposal.

District officials said Wednesday about 800 employees -- mostly clerks, instructional assistants, custodians and nutrition assistants -- would see their hourly rates bumped, a move that will cost $1.3 million.

JCPS recently reached a tentative two-year agreement with the Jefferson County Teachers Association on wages, which was then approved by union membership last week. 

The tentative agreement between the two sides came after months of negotiations and tension between the two groups and would also give teachers a 1.5 percent raise in 2017-18.

Aside from teachers, bus drivers and others employees represented by Teamsters would also receive a 1.5 percent raise next year.

The contracts for the district's three other unions will be up for negotiation in June 2017.

Salaries have been a hot topic among JCPS employees in recent months, following the release of a comprehensive salary study that was conducted by an outside firm.

Back in April, district officials announced a plan to ask the school board for permission to negotiate a percentage increase in 2016-17 for only those employees earning less than $14 an hour.

However, no formal recommendation to bump those salaries was made up until this week.

As part of the proposal up for board approval, JCPS is also proposing to increase the rate for support staff substitutes from $9 per hour to $10.10 per hour, and the rate for substitute custodians from $9 per hour to just over $12.75 per hour, effective Sept. 24.

Rates for other substitutes and temporary employees would remain unchanged.

The district's athletic coaches will also see a slight increase in pay, according to the proposed 2016-17 salary schedule.

Coaches receive additional pay depending on which sport or activity they coach, what level they coach and how long they've been coaching.

Pay ranges from $400 to $4,000 at the middle school coaching level and between $400 and $8,900 at the high school coaching level. For example, a middle school football or basketball coach with no or little experience receives $1,364 in extra pay, whereas a high school head basketball or football coach can start off making $4,546.

The district's fall coaches had been notified earlier this month about a delay in receiving their extra pay due to the ongoing salary negotiations. 

They were supposed to receive their first installment of extra pay on their Sept. 23 paycheck, but officials say it won't be until late October they receive it.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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