Last week, The Jefferson County Board of Education approved an agreement with its teacher union that gives teachers an $820 raise this school year and a two percent raise next school year. I’m OK with this, since the raises seem reasonable and we should do all we can to keep our good teachers from leaving for higher-paying systems.
What does bother me though is that because of what JCPS calls a “me too” policy, those same raises will be automatically doled out to all of the districts other employees as well, even though salaries in the school system’s administration are already high in comparison to peer systems.
To her credit, Superintendent Donna Hargens has refused all pay raises since taking over three years ago. But that still leaves a lot of people getting even more money on top of their already-inflated salaries simply because of a piggyback policy that’s not even legally or contractually required.
Those of us who support our schools through our taxes should demand an end to this automatic giveaway policy. Our schools are already strapped for cash for a number of reasons – not the least of which is the enormous cost of busing to achieve so-called diversity – and that money would be much better spent on student needs that are currently going unmet.
Call and tell us what you think.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.