Banks to seek CCSD pay raise
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
August 10, 2011 12:00 AM | 3036 views | 15 15 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A Cobb County School District board member will ask for a 1 percent pay raise for district employees at this morning’s work session to make up for reverting to a traditional school calendar.

David Banks, who represents northeast Cobb, said that he thinks the pay raise should be up for discussion and hopes that board members can move forward with his request and possibly approve it at the Aug. 25 nightly board meeting.

The resolution requesting the increase — which was obtained by the Journal, although not from Banks himself — says the “Cobb County School Board requests the Superintendent to increase the compensation to one-half of the reduced compensation in 2009 for all Cobb County School District employees effective January 1, 2012.”

In June 2009, the CCSD board approved a 2 percent pay cut for district employees recommended by former Superintendent Fred Sanderson.

“We took the 2 percent reduction in salary to keep from having to terminate people,” Banks said. “And last year it was so massive that we had to take a hard cut as far as the number of employees.”

Banks said the pay increase is appropriate given the district’s current budget situation.

“Also, I can say that in 2009, in an effort to help compensate some of (the pay cuts), we gave

teachers the balanced calendar, which is something that they really wanted and that didn’t really cost us anything, in fact it ended up saving us money,” Banks said.

With a majority of the board voting in favor of the traditional calendar in June 2011, Banks said he felt like a pay raise at this time was an appropriate thing to do.

“It’s something to do for the employees, and the resolution leaves it up to the superintendent as far as how it will be funded,” Banks added.

Banks said that he may have mentioned it Cobb’s new Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa recently, but he couldn’t recall, and that he had not discussed the resolution with any fellow board members to date.

“I have talked to several people about it though ... some that are in education and some that are not,” Banks said.

Banks will also be discussing a possible substitute pay raise. He believes that because of the calendar change in June, there will be an increase in the need for substitutes for the 2010-11 school year.

“I want to discuss about having a range … one shoe doesn’t fit everybody,” Banks said. “You need a range on what you can offer because you may have to have a particular substitute.”

Banks added that he would like to see principals determine what salary would be offered to substitutes.

“Now they don’t have that option,” he said. “To me, it just gives a little more flexibility.”

The CCSD will meet in the boardroom at 514 Glover St., Marietta, at 8:30 a.m. Public Comments will be made during the first 30 minutes of the work session.

For more information, visit the CCSD online at www.cobbk12.org.
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Sub pay
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August 10, 2011
Not trying to stick up for Banks - but - many of the private schools in our area pay their substitute teachers more if they are certified teachers. I think $5 - $10 more per day for a certified teacher is worth it. I think our substitute teachers currently make $69 per day. Approximately $9 per hour.
anonymous
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August 10, 2011
David Banks does not act like he has all the tires on the road. Is there something else going on with this man that is making him act more and more bizarre?
catlady1
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August 10, 2011
Substitutes are not on a salary...so why would Banks want the principals to be able to offer different amounts to different subs? Let's see...principals don't even get to decide the pay of the teachers that report to them, why should they be able to decide the pay of a sub? Most good subs are not in it for the money, but for the kids/school. Banks needs to go!
Cobb grad
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August 10, 2011
@homeownernextdoor: First off, school starts August 15, not July 15. Second, "hour" is a measurement of time, "our" is a sign of possession.
homeownernextdoor
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August 10, 2011
Mr. Banks!! The current July 15th calendar is NOT traditional. Tradtional calendars generally start AFTER Labor Day. It can be even be argued validly that if Labor Day falls on Monday the 7th of September in a given year, that starting school on September 1st or any day in September prior to Labor Day, regardless of the day of the week, is a tradtional calendar.

What you have on hour hands Mr. Banks, IS the compromise July 15th start.

Then again Banks might be smarter than he seems.

He may be purposely baiting the MDJ posters just to incite the abuse.
eCobb Dad of 3
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August 10, 2011
Typical Banks. Stirring the pot once again. He now tries to corrolate the Calendar issue with a pay raise for the teachers. The two issues are mutually exclusive. His true motive for the balance calendar is now revealed. He is advocating for the teachers and NOT his constituents. Sorry to say but the teachers and the CCSB member work for us and not the other way around. We don't and didn't want the balanced calendar and thus changed the system with our votes at the ballot box. (not some silly monkey survey mind you but a real election) While I'm not opposed to giving a raise to the teachers IF there's money to do it. The time for that discussion would have been during the budgetary process last fall not now. His current effort is a political ploy to paint the other board members as not being supportive of the teachers for when the vote against it. It's a very shrewd move but don't fall for it. The economy is not getting any better folks. We're in or going into another recession. Now is not the time to expand the amount of spending we are doing.
Just Wait
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August 10, 2011
I'm sorry, but right now is not the time to be talking about raising anyone's salary.
Jeff Jacoby
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August 10, 2011
David Banks is a liar - with bad ideas. This latest attempt to buy teacher votes with CCSD money is just shameful. If we had enough money to offer raises, why do we need to have a SPLOST?

Come to think of it, everything that Banks says and does stinks of Holli Cash and John Crooks.
FROM TEXAS
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August 10, 2011
Is there something in the room at the school board or water fountains, all these people seem to be wing nuts? David Banks being the main wing nut at the school board; just after being elected he insulted the electorate with insults and we haven’t for gotten that; looking forward to getting rid of David DA Banks. He’s always grabbing at smoke rings just to cause trouble and discord at the school board.
Watcher...
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August 10, 2011
Mr. Banks is Zero for three thia morning.
Dem in sheeps clothi
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August 10, 2011
WAIT - we borrowed from the SPLOST 2 to make our budget - and you want to increase our expenses? I thought you were a conservative
anonymous
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August 10, 2011
Can you say E L E C T I O N time is coming soon - OMG what will Banks come up with next!!

Lets get someone who is interested in the kids and less turmoil in there PLEASE
Curious One
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August 10, 2011
First the Cobb School Board votes to "misappropriate" SPLOST funds (converting to operations overruns for the second straight year) and now Banks wants to increase the operations overruns even further - Banks is simply lost ! Where on his map is he ?
anonymous
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August 10, 2011
Not that teachers don't deserve pay raises, but really, why did Banks vote on a budget in June that does not include said pay raises if he wanted them? This is not the time to even bring this up - that time was from last October to June, during budget meetings. And calendar people note - plenty of time since the balanced calendar was changed in Feb. to discuss this. Banks continues to posture himself politically at CCSD's expense.
DavidBanks is a liar
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August 10, 2011
The Cobb District DID NOT "give teachers the Balanced Calendar in an effort to help compensate them for pay cuts" - if that were true, after citizens begged for the reasoning behind the balanced calendar, the county and board would have stated as such and used it to their advantage. It never happened.

If it were even remotely true, Sanderson would have offered a calendar recommendation using this logic so that he could be the hero. He didn't because this latest Banks ploy is malarkey. There was no superintendent recommendation on the calendar.

Banks voted for and highly supported the current budget; if the Balanced Calendar was originally implemented as compensation for teachers, why didn't Banks state this ad nauseum during the budget process and calendar debacle so that a pay raise would be worked into the current budget? BECAUSE IT IS SOMETHING HE JUST CONCOCTED.

David Banks has proved to be a liar before, (saying he worked on the reapportionment maps with Rep. Ed Setzler). This is political grandstanding, plain and simple - he believes this will get him re-elected. What a joke. He is by far the craziest, most senile, idiotic embarassment that this county has ever witnessed, in any political realm.

Someone, please run against this imbecile - he needs a real spanking.
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