ATLANTIC – Without discussion, the Carteret County Board of Education increased the salary of the superintendent, Dr. Rob Jackson, by $ 15,000 during its meeting Tuesday in the auditorium of Atlantic Elementary School.
The issue of Dr Jackson’s salary was considered as part of the council’s consent program.
While there was no board discussion before the consent program was approved, Stacy’s Michael Fulcher protested the increase in public comments, ahead of the vote.
“Are the students of Carteret County better off now than a year ago?” ” He asked.
With the increase, Dr. Jackson’s annual salary increases from $ 160,000 to $ 175,000, effective Aug. 3, 2021. Funds for the increase will come from the county, according to school board attorney Neil Whitford.
“The state provides a base salary to all principals in North Carolina and it is standard practice for counties to supplement the base salary with local funds,” Mr. Whitford said in an e -mail to News-Times.
The school board hired Dr. Jackson in June 2020 to replace former Superintendent Mat Bottoms, who retired on December 31, 2019. Assistant Superintendent Richard Paylor served on an interim basis until Dr. Jackson was hired.
The board hired Dr. Jackson, then superintendent of the Edenton-Chowan school system, on a four-year contract ending June 30, 2024.
In a letter included in the Tuesday board agenda, Mr Whitford said the board conducted Dr Jackson’s annual assessment on Aug. 3 behind closed doors. Mr. Whitford said the board “agreed to have his salary increased to $ 175,000 per year,” and that the increase had to be approved in public.
The lawyer further said that board members had been concerned for years that the Superintendent’s salary was “relatively low” compared to other systems with “our level of academic achievement.”
Mr Whitford said the increase would make the school system more competitive by attracting and retaining “the best of the best”.
He cited examples of superintendent salaries from neighboring Craven and Onslow counties to make his point. He said Craven County in 2018 reported a superintendent’s salary of $ 191,730 and Onslow County in 2019 reported a superintendent’s salary of $ 181,348. Both school systems are larger than Carteret.
Dr Jackson did not comment on the increase at Tuesday’s meeting.
Other actions of the board of directors included:
- Resolution approved proclaiming October as National Principals’ Month.
- I heard a presentation from Dr. Jackson on a “Carteret County Needs Roadmap Report,” based on the North Carolina Public Schools Forum’s Needs Roadmap Annual Report. The forum uses data on health, youth behavior, safety, education and economic development to assess what young people need to thrive.
- Approved second and first readings of several policy reviews recommended by the NC School Boards Association. The policy revisions reflect changes in federal and state laws, as well as the mandates of the NC Department of Public Education.
- Updates received on capital and bond projects.
As part of the consent agenda, the board approved:
- The mask’s mandate for students and staff continued, which states that masks will become optional once the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate consistently remains at 5%.
- Fundraising requests.
- Student transfers.
- Recommendations from the School Advisory Board.
- A contract with Maxim Healthcare Staff Services Inc. for student support staff. Maxim charges $ 55 an hour for licensed counselors and social workers, $ 85 an hour for school psychologists, and $ 58 an hour for mental health therapists.
- Change college History Quiz Bowl supplement to National Junior Honor Society / Beta Advisor supplement. The college’s History Quiz Bowl supplement has not been used for a few years. The amounts of the supplements, which gradually increase, remain the same.
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