Morgan, who brought his proposal up for discussion at the board’s Thursday work session, said it was past time for the board members to get a raise since their current salary has been the same since 2003.
“Sitting in this seat is not easy, and I think it is justifiable and warranted that we have a pay raise,” he said.
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Board member Charisse Davis, who voted in favor of the idea, said bumping up the annual salary could attract a more diverse crop of candidates to run for seats on the School Board. She also said the nature of the job has changed so that board members are doing a lot more than attending monthly meetings.
“I though what he proposed was very reasonable,” she said of Morgan’s idea.
School board compensation varies around metro Atlanta. Marietta City Schools board members make $6,912 annually while the board chair’s annual salary is $8,160. In Gwinnett, those board members are compensated $17,342 annually. DeKalb school board members are paid $18,000 a year and receive $5,400 in travel expenses. Atlanta Public Schools board members make $15,170 a year.
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Howard said he voted against the proposal because getting much-needed school construction projects off the ground are a higher priority. In his post, Howard is anxious to see the district move ahead on replacement facilities for Campbell Middle School and Campbell and Pebblebrook high schools.
“I feel uncomfortable giving myself a pay raise until these projects are voted and approved in the future,” he said
Board Chair David Chastain, along with board member Brad Wheeler, said they voted down the pay proposal because Cobb County School Board members are already paid more than their counterparts in other counties.
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