Houston County school teachers will begin receiving state-mandated raises a little early.
The Houston County School Board unanimously approved a 4 percent pay raise during Monday’s board meeting. The raises established during the most recent legislative session are not scheduled to begin until October. However, the board voted Monday to use local funds to begin the pay raises early.
Employees eligible for the raises that work under 11- or 12-month contracts will see raises beginning in July. Employees that work under 9- or 10-month contracts will see raises beginning in August.
The raises also apply to the superintendent and chief finance officer because the raises are written into their employment contracts.
Also Monday, the board approved the following items:
» Committed $35,000 to contribute to the cost of a parking lot near the current Rehobeth baseball field. The 69-space lot would also be adjacent to the soon-to-be-constructed Rehobeth Elementary School lunchroom. The Town of Rehobeth has committed $35,000 toward the cost along with an expected request to the Houston County Commission for in-kind work and/or a contribution. The total cost of the project is estimated at $92,000.
» Bidding repair/replacement of the air conditioning system at the Ashford High School auditorium.
» Replacing air conditioning at the Ashford High School softball field house ($4,400).
» Approve addition of a kitchen for the Life Skills department at Rehobeth High School ($4,900).
» Approved renewal of handwriting, math and reading workbooks and online subscriptions ($215,962.66).
» Approved an agreement between Dothan Pest Control and Rehobeth Elementary School in the amount of $300 per quarter for 12 months (Aug. 2019 – July 2020).
» Approved bid from Moore Warren equipment for seven industrial-sized ovens in the amount of $123,327.
» Approved bid from Moore Warren Equipment for walk-in cooler/freezer for Ashford High School for $34,936.