The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, began the School District’s personnel hiring process for next school year, which will not include significant growth.
The first step in this process is adoption of the Superintendent of Schools’ organizational chart, which will be in effect for the next two years, and was approved unanimously by the School Board. As student enrollment growth has slowed, the plan calls for reorganizing central office Divisions and restructuring roles to allow for better use of current staff to serve changing needs. One such change restructures the Office of Technology & Information Services to put a focus on business technology systems to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
“My focus, as we begin planning our personnel needs and preparing our proposed budget for the School Board’s consideration, is to use our existing staff as wisely as possible,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “If we spend on personnel, I want to see those resources directed toward maintaining small class sizes and ensuring our compensation packages remain competitive.”
The School District’s Office of Human Resources has been reviewing salaries for positions across CCSD to determine if they’re in line with like school districts and the local labor market. The study showed salaries lagged behind in some areas, including newer teachers, as well as for some support positions including in CCSD’s clerical ranks, school nurses and school police officers.
Dr. Hightower said he’s committed to realigning and improving these positions’ salaries, as well as funding a salary step increase for employees. If revenue allows, he’ll also propose a 1% salary increase across the District.
“We’re closely watching the local property tax digest’s value, as well as how the Governor-elect and General Assembly will implement his promised $5,000 raises for teachers, and if more State funds are on the way for education,” he said, noting that the School Board’s Legislative Partnership Priorities specifically ask the State Legislature to consider increasing its funding for counselors, social workers, psychologists and nurses and to include any compensation increases for teachers in the State salary schedule.
Once CCSD leadership staff retirements are known, interviews will begin for any subsequently open positions. This annual personnel hiring process begins with setting the organizational chart and then filling it, followed by filling the Principal chart, then the Assistant Principal chart, and then all other existing positions, until all vacancies created by retirements and anticipated student enrollment growth are filled.
The School Board also:
• Recognized the Creekview High School Army JROTC Program as State Champions at the Georgia State Raider Championship;
• Recognized the 2018-19 Reinhardt University/Cherokee County School District Mathematics Tournament winners;
• Recognized CCSD’s Georgia High School Association State and Regional Champions;
• Recognized the CCSD’s Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) Publication Award winners;
• Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with the Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Cherokee Tennis Association;
• Approved monthly financial reports;
• Approved out-of-state travel and out-of-state and overnight field trips;
• Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;
• Approved special lease agreements; and,
• Approved monthly human resources recommendations.
Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019