Horry County Schools to discuss pay raise for summer school teachers as demand increases

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Schools is set to discuss a pay raise for summer school teachers at Monday’s meeting as demand has increased due to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district said an increased number of students will need summer academic assistance based on their 2020-21 academic data, meaning there is a greater need for teachers. The district said it may have difficulty getting enough teachers due to a shorter summer break.

The district is proposing an increase pay for summer school teachers for the 2021-22 summer programs. Summer School Site Directors would make $55/hour, up from $32/hour. Summer School Teachers would make $50/hour, up from $30/hour, and School Nurses will receive $40/hour, up from $30/hour.

Professional Staff will also get $40/hour, according to the district.

The new proposed budget also includes $1,000 pay increases to teachers and nurses. The budget increased greatly from 2020-21’s budget. 77.4% of the total operational budget is going towards personnel costs, which includes employee benefits and salaries.

An employee compensation study was implemented and conducted by June 2020 meaning that all district employees will receive a pay increase of some kind.

“All employees will receive a compensation increase either through the impact of the study, the application of the STEP increase, and/or the $1,000 increase in teacher salaries as mandated by the state,” Chief Finance Officer John Gardner said.

The preliminary approval for the budget will happen May 17 and a public hearing and approval of the budget will happen June 7.

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