At the Campbell County Board of Education meeting Tuesday, the board voted to invest approximately $2.2 million to $2.4 million in salary wages for the 2023-2024 school year.
The effort began in October last year when the district budget committee worked on an analysis of salaries. The purpose of this committee was to consider all district needs, and competitive salaries within the region for all employees arose as the top priority, Campbell County Schools Superintendent Shelli Wilson said at the meeting.
The committee implemented a process that took five local school districts, Boone, Kenton, Covington, Fort Thomas and Pendleton, and then averaged with Campbell County scales for each position. At the 15-year experience mark, the job type average was calculated, then an additional 2% was added to the average for all job types.
“School secretaries were compared with school secretaries, driver’s positions were compared to drivers across the region using those districts,” Wilson said. “Food service managers to food service managers, high school principals to high school principals. Salary scales have been developed based upon this equitable process.”
The salary scale for all employees was also increased to add a 1.5% step increase for employees above 27 years of experience, reflecting a 28-plus increase on the salary scale.
The experience brought in will be capped at 27 years.
The stipend for special education was also increased. The current special education unit paras stipends are $1,500 per year. This rate was increased to $2,000 per year.
The committee also changed the daily rate for substitute teachers to $145 for certified and $135 for bachelor’s degree substitutes.
During policy review and development in the spring, the board of education will be presented with a policy reflecting one sick day per employee per month worked. This policy means that 11-month employees will be granted an additional sick day (11), and 12-month employees will be granted two additional sick days (12).
“With these proposed salary schedules and benefits in the proposal, we hope to move Campbell County school employees into a competitive place,” Wilson said. “I’m proud to be this competitive, and I believe that everyone believes that our employees are worth this substantial investment.”