The Jackson County Board of Education plans to review the amount of the school system’s local salary supplements next month to see how the system compares to other districts.
With nearly half of its $39 million in personnel expenses being paid by local property taxes, the BOE will discuss local salary supplements during its annual retreat March 14-15.
The move is “just to review in comparison to school systems the same size in the area to see how we really fit in,” said superintendent Shannon Adams.
The action comes amid continuing financial pressure on the school system as it faces both state cuts and a drop in the local property tax digest. The cost of local supplements and to hire personnel that don’t get state funding cost the JCSS around $17.8 million per year, around 45 percent of the system’s total salaries of $39.2 million.
The school system pays all certified personnel a local supplement of between 5.5 percent and 6.3 percent of their base salary. But in addition, the system also provides multiple other local supplements to administrators and coaches.
To read the complete story and a chart of local supplements, see the March 2 issue of The Jackson Herald.