Groups Continue To Struggle With Halifax County School Problems | Education

Two committees will meet on Monday afternoon to discuss funding pending pay scales for Halifax County Public School employees and funding for the Halifax County High School project.

Members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. followed by the School Facilities Committee meeting at 4:00 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the County Administrative Building at the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.

At a recent joint meeting between the Halifax County School Board and supervisors, members discussed funding options for the high school, and the school board asked supervisors to allow them to use 3, $ 2 million in deferral fund for compensation.

The school board would like to use this money to put in place a new pay scale for teachers and put support on a pay scale, which it hasn’t had in years.

Supervisors were instructed to consider giving the school board $ 764,000 for the implementation of the teacher salary scale and $ 797,800 for the support staff scale. The school board would like to start both in January.

Under the new approved scale, a first and second year teacher will earn $ 42,752, and a third and fourth year teacher will earn $ 42,875.

A fifth grade teacher will now earn $ 43,016, an increase of $ 265, and a grade 10 teacher will now earn $ 45,124, an increase of $ 2,249.

With the new plan, an aide would see an increase of $ 5,386, bringing his salary to $ 22,943; a custodian would see an increase of $ 2,532 bringing his salary to $ 22,917; and the administration would see an increase of $ 5,772, bringing their salary to $ 75,505.

In addition to the funding of the compensation, the supervisors were also grappling with what to decide for the funding of the high school.

Representatives for Davenport told the boards that by simply using the sales tax money, they could borrow between $ 91,910,000 and $ 101,870,000.

The 1% sales tax that began in July 2020 – after voter approval in 2019 – is expected to bring in $ 3.3 million per year.

The county also has around $ 23 million in school debt, which is set to expire in 2027, and supervisors must decide whether or not to contribute some of that money for the high school project.

If supervisors were to give the school board $ 2,173,016 in school debt service, then they could borrow between $ 127,870,000 and $ 141,920,000 for a new high school.

Branch Builds estimated that a new high school with new athletic fields would cost $ 117,652,174, with the actual cost of the school building being $ 85 million. The remaining costs include new sports fields, parking, furnishings, etc.

Also on Monday afternoon, the finance committee of supervisors is also expected to discuss the hours of operation of animal shelters, considering providing COVID-19 funding to a pantry and the fiscal year 2023 budget calendar.

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