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Schools reduce teacher pay

The Pike County board of education passed a budget amendment resolution by a vote of 4-2 at the Feb. 9 meeting. The resolution will reduce teacher pay for the remainder of the school year, extending state budget cuts from earlier in the year. Lori Ann Turner, Roger Green, John L. Wynn Sr. and April Byrd voted for the resolution while Dr. William Bell and Fred Blackmon voted against it. Members of the BOE discussed a policy for cutting teacher jobs if funds from the state are reduced again next year. No action was taken to cut any teacher jobs. Three additional work days for teachers, counselors and media specialists will be cut for the remainder of the year. According to finance director for Pike County Schools Kenneth Carter, the reductions will be spread equally between checks for the rest of the school year. He said the Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 snow days will count as the days cut. ”Teachers had already had their checks reduced due to cuts from the state of three work days from September through January,” said Carter. “They are essentially being given no addition cuts, but we will extend the reduction of their checks through June.” The budget cuts also include one cutting three work days from administrative and support staff and one work day from bus driver payrolls.

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