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School board to look at increasing some employee pay scales


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Feb. 12, 2019 - 11:48 AM

(Note: This story has been edited for accuracy.)

’Tis the season for budget development, and the Coweta County Board of Education will discuss the possibility of adjusting pay scales for employees in several positions at its Tuesday meeting.

The Coweta County School System has operated for several years with a significant school bus driver shortage, and last year the board approved a hefty raise to attract and retain drivers. 

Similarly, Coweta schools have faced increasing shortages and high turnover rates in school nurse positions. To attract and retain quality applicants in a competitive healthcare field, the board is being asked to consider increasing the salary rates for the school system’s licensed practical nurses and registered nurses for the 2020 fiscal year.

As its budget planning process progresses, the board also will be asked to consider raising the pay scale for teachers and teaching assistants who serve high-need emotional behavioral disorder and autistic students; substitute bus drivers; teachers who drive buses transporting students to and from extracurricular activities; maintenance and operations field employees; and bus technicians.

The board likely will set dates Tuesday for its state-mandated budget workshops, and for its tentative and formal adoption of the 2020 fiscal year budget. Those workshops and dates take place each year during a combination of regular and called meetings throughout May and June, with the new budget taking effect July 1.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda are:

• Renewal of the Central Educational Center charter

• Approval of the 2020 fiscal year membership agreement with West Georgia RESA 

• An “Our Core Business” presentation from Smokey Road Middle School

• Recognition of the 2018 state-champion East Coweta High School Lady Indians softball team

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 237 Jackson Street, Newnan. Anyone interested in addressing the board during the public comment portion of the meeting, which begins at 7:15, should call Pat Nixon at 770-254-2801 or Dean Jackson at 770-254-2736.