Tupelo school board OKs salary schedules

By Ginny Miller/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Now that the state has OK’d its budget, the Tupelo Public School District has moved forward with approving salary schedules for teachers and assistant teachers.
“This is starting my 10th year on the board, and this is the longest that we’ve waited (on a state budget) that I’m aware of,” President Mike Clayborne said on Friday during a special called meeting of the TPSD Board of Trustees.
Mississippi lawmakers finalized the state budget, which includes teacher pay raises, on Wednesday. The approval was “absolutely” a relief to Randy Shaver, who was attending his first official school board meeting as Tupelo’s new superintendent.
Shaver told trustees the salary schedule is in line with what he and recently retired Superintendent Randy McCoy had discussed over the past few months.
According to the new schedule – and depending on years of experience and other factors – certified instructional and support personnel in Tupelo will make anywhere from $34,590 to $72,515 for the 2009-2010 school year.
Shaver said the state is funding a salary increase for teachers, but did not do so for assistant teachers. On his recommendation, the Board of Trustees voted to increase those salaries by 2 percent for the next school year. Based on the new schedule, assistants will make anywhere from $13,009 to $19,604.
Trustees also voted for a 2 percent pay raise for administrators and other staff, including bus drivers, janitors, maintenance workers, clerical workers and secretaries.
Also attending Friday’s meeting was Fred Hill, a new TPSD assistant superintendent who worked with Shaver in the Whiteville, N.C., City Schools.

Contact Ginny Miller at (662) 678-1582 or ginny.miller@djournal.com.