Dougherty County school board members approve pay raise - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Dougherty County school board members approve pay raise

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Albany teen seriously injured by hit & run driver

    Albany teen seriously injured by hit & run driver

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:02 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:02:54 GMT
    Albany Police searching for hit and run driver.More >>
    Albany Police searching for hit and run driver.More >>
  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

Dougherty County school board members want to give themselves a 300% raise.

Wednesday, they voted 4 to 3 to raise their stipend from $250 to $1,000 a month.  The General Assembly will have to approve the request.

School board member Darrel Ealum presented the proposal, saying the increase is long overdue.

"When you look at other school systems that are of equal size and equal number of students, they're up around 1,000. And that's why I recommended each school board member be compensated 1,000 a month because that's equality throughout the state," said Ealum.

Ealum says it's only fair that the school system is in line with the city and county.  "I'd pick that you want your strongest board and your strongest system to be your school system. So it's equitable, it's fair and it's what we should do," said Ealum.

Carol Tharin, Lane Price and Robert Youngblood voted against the increase, saying it's not the right time.

"With the financial's in the condition that they're in and the multiple needs that we have in the school system, it seemed to me that the timing was not correct," said Price.

"We're trying to cut furlough days and we've had money we had to pay back on title one and various things and so it's just not good timing right now," said Tharin.

The increase would give the co-chairman $1,100 dollars a month and the chairman $1,200.

If the General Assembly approves it the increase will go into effect next July.

 

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.