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Board of Education Wrap-Up

December 5, 2023 – The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education approved proposed revisions to a policy regarding salary administration during their special called meeting on Tuesday morning.

The board recently approved several measures to increase compensation for employees throughout the district, including a local longevity service supplement to help with salary decompression. To enact this supplement, Board Policy 4140 and subsequent administrative regulations must be revised. The policy, which had not been altered since 2010, also required general updating to better align with statewide standards.

The proposed revisions that the board members discussed on Tuesday included new pay schedules for principals and assistant principals, a 5% increase for vacancy coverage up to the program manager level, salary schedule increases that scale with state or Board of Education raises, and the local longevity service supplement. The supplement will be available to permanent classified employees between salary grades 50-78 who work at least 20 hours per week, except for custodians and child nutrition workers, who only have to work at least 15 hours per week. Eligible service will be calculated on July 1 every year instead of on an employee’s anniversary for the sake of consistent distribution.

“We want to be able to implement it with fidelity,” Chief Human Resources Officer Chris Weikart said. “What we do not want to do is have a policy that we cannot implement correctly and consistently.”

The board members unanimously approved the policy revisions. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm.