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Education Association asks for more funding for employee salaries

PULASKI — Is Pulaski County funding capital improvements for schools at the expense of teacher pay?
That’s what Pulaski Education Association (PEA) fears.
John Hocker, PEA president, said the organization is “seeing a trend” developing over the past few years where capital improvements are being funded, but school employees are not getting increases in pay.
Hocker appeared before the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Monday night to address teacher pay issues.
However, he spoke after the board had adopted its 2008-2009 Fiscal Year Budget.
Saying he represents about 70 percent of the county’s teachers, Hocker asked the supervisors to earmark any carryover Fiscal Year 2007-2008 school funds for employee salaries or increased health insurance benefits rather than capital improvements.
Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey pointed out it is the board’s standard practice to approve the carryover of school funds from one year to the next. However, he said he doesn’t think they can tell the Pulaski County School Board where to spend the money.
Sheffey deferred the issue to County Attorney Tom McCarthy, who agreed the board cannot specify where the money is to be spent.
Hocker said the PEA “would appreciate any consideration you can give us.”
Pulaski County High School teacher Steve Lavery said he understands there are “rules of engagement” on how money expenditures are made, but he implored the board to “flex your strength” in any way possible to see that teacher salaries are improved at county schools.
“A great deal of my colleagues are leaving due to finances,” Lavery told the supervisors. He said it is a shame to watch qualified, respected teachers leaving as a result of financial needs.

Education Association asks for more funding for employee salaries

PULASKI — Is Pulaski County funding capital improvements for schools at the expense of teacher pay?
That’s what Pulaski Education Association (PEA) fears.
John Hocker, PEA president, said the organization is “seeing a trend” developing over the past few years where capital improvements are being funded, but school employees are not getting increases in pay.
Hocker appeared before the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Monday night to address teacher pay issues.
However, he spoke after the board had adopted its 2008-2009 Fiscal Year Budget.
Saying he represents about 70 percent of the county’s teachers, Hocker asked the supervisors to earmark any carryover Fiscal Year 2007-2008 school funds for employee salaries or increased health insurance benefits rather than capital improvements.
Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey pointed out it is the board’s standard practice to approve the carryover of school funds from one year to the next. However, he said he doesn’t think they can tell the Pulaski County School Board where to spend the money.
Sheffey deferred the issue to County Attorney Tom McCarthy, who agreed the board cannot specify where the money is to be spent.
Hocker said the PEA “would appreciate any consideration you can give us.”
Pulaski County High School teacher Steve Lavery said he understands there are “rules of engagement” on how money expenditures are made, but he implored the board to “flex your strength” in any way possible to see that teacher salaries are improved at county schools.
“A great deal of my colleagues are leaving due to finances,” Lavery told the supervisors. He said it is a shame to watch qualified, respected teachers leaving as a result of financial needs.