New Hanover Co. school board approves pay increase for themselves

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Submitted: Wed, 11/21/2012 - 4:16am
Updated: Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:13pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The pockets of New Hanover County School Board members got a little bit deeper Tuesday night. The board approved raises for every member.

The board voted 6 to 1 in favor of a nearly 9 percent pay increase. While some say this is simply pay back for what the board gave up three years ago, others say the decision is just plain wrong.

“It’s not fair and it’s not the right thing to do,” says Carol Murray, who spoke out the board against the raises. “I wasn’t surprised because I expected the board to be greedy and give themselves that big raise.”

The board originally cut the 8.7 percent in 2009 when teachers’ pay was cut by one percent. This fall, teachers received a 1.2 percent pay raise, with the understanding that the board’s salary would be restored.

Derrick Hickey, who was the only board member to vote against the increase, says finances will not look brighter any time soon and the board should be capable of doing more with less.

“It’s not about the money,” Hickey says. “It’s about the message that we’re sending to our teachers and our students.”

However, board chairman Don Hayes says the raise should have already been established by the budget committee months ago and says it was an oversight.

“No one got upset when we cut it, that eight point something percent, and times were a lot tougher than they are now,” Hayes says.

The increase comes out to about a $1,000 increase. It is expected to go into effect in either December or January.

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32 Comments on "New Hanover Co. school board approves pay increase for themselves"

2015 years 8 months ago

6 of 7 school board members don’t understand the basic concepts of leadership. Let’s replace them with folks who do.

2015 years 8 months ago

I have always thought that those who get themselves elected to serve on any board, or are appointed, should not be paid. They should receive reimbursement for any expenses related to the position, but not a salary. Serving on any board should be considered a community service and if you want a salary, you should get a private job.
I do appreciate the service all of these people give, whether elected or appointed. It must be hours of work, hours away from doing things with the family. However, if it a burden, perhaps one should not run for an office or accept an appointment.

2015 years 8 months ago

Submitted by GuestMan. (not verified) on Wed, 11/21/2012 – 2:49pm.

did you expect from a bunch of republicans. They will look out for themselves and say to hell with everyone else.

No, not exactly. The current board voted and 2; Ms. DeSheilds and Ms. Redenbaugh, are democrats.

I don’t agree with the raise either and they should have postponed voting on this until the new board was seated in January.

2015 years 8 months ago

They should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. It is a joke to think that teachers got a raise! They have increased our health insurance every year, taken away ABC money, decreased our pay along with a reduction in our local supplement. Not to mention, our instructional supply money has been cut as well. There is no other job where you make less and less money each year! It is a disgrace

2015 years 8 months ago

wow what about the teacher aides….they get nothing!!!! Everyone keeps saying what about the teachers. What people need to realize is that TA’s also teach, we just don’t get paid very well or get personal leave days etc. like the certified teacher does. SHAME ON YOU BOARD OF EDUCATION……LOOK AT WHO REALLY TEACHES THE CHILDREN. Compensate the teachers but don’t forget the TA’s