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Board of Education Strengthens Commitment to District Workforce

Submission Date: April 10, 2019

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161, john.hardin@henry.k12.ga.us

(Release # 0027-4-19)

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Board of Education Strengthens Commitment to District Workforce

HENRY COUNTY, GA – With the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session for the Georgia General Assembly, a bit more clarity has been provided for school districts across the state when it comes to the intentions of the legislature and governor to provide salary increases for certified teachers across the state.

Both the House of Representatives and Senate accepted Governor Kemp’s original proposal of a $3,000 salary increase for teachers at the conclusion of their 2019 appropriation meetings in April.  With that projection in hand, district leaders and school board members have been working on the budget for the 2019-2020 school year, which takes into account this raise.

During the April meetings for the Henry County Board of Education, Board Chair Josh Hinton and fellow board members voiced their support for strengthening the financial commitment to all employees in the district.  This commitment includes salary increases for those certified positions outlined by the governor, but the board voiced their plans to take that commitment further by providing salary increases for certified and classified local positions not currently funded by the state.

Knowing the importance of honoring the current salary scale and providing a salary increase for certified and classified employees across the district, Hinton shared his reflections and thought process behind the board’s actions to support their dedicated workforce.

 “We plan for longevity,” stated Hinton.  “We have to plan for two years, five years, ten years.  As we go through this process, we must focus on our employees.  We can’t be successful without them.  They are hardworking and dedicated, and I just want to make sure that whatever we are able to do financially, we need to make sure we stay competitive compensation-wise for our outstanding employees.” 

The budget-setting process for this budget cycle has been particularly challenging to ensure that the school district’s employee compensation is addressed while balancing the budget with current revenue projections.  This matter is compounded by the fact that many of the positions in our district do not receive full state funding or any state funding at all.

“It has been a priority for this board to invest in our workforce,” said Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis.  “They have laid a groundwork for good financial planning for us to be able to have the good conversations about investing in our personnel.  There is a great opportunity to honor a salary step for a second year in a row and increase the starting salary for a first-year teacher.”

Superintendent Davis drew a parallel between the board’s commitment to financial support for employees and the most important component to our school system.

“The most influential investment in our students is ensuring the most talented and committed workforce.  Our employees take on the vital responsibility of ensuring Henry County Schools is the best possible place to learn. An investment in our workforce is an investment in our students.” 

Additional details will be shared through the development of the tentative budget which the board plans to adopt during the May board meetings.  For more information on Henry County Schools, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us

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