Board member Banks, who represents northeast Cobb, presented a resolution to the board requesting district staff receive a raise effective Jan. 1, 2012, and a negotiable salary for substitute teachers. Without support from the superintendent or fellow board members, the board decided not to move forward with the resolution.
The board also chose to delay any decisions regarding a rule change addressing the discipline, suspension and dismissal of district staff until the Aug. 25 board meeting.
As for Bank’s request, Dr. Michael Hinojosa said, “Although we appreciate Mr. Banks’ support improving our work with the employees, the administration does not feel like we have the resources to implement either of these recommendations … the administration does not believe it’s fiscally responsible, and so the administration would not be recommending approval of these two items.”
Banks said he requested the raise to make up for a 2 percent pay cut enacted in 2009 when the district moved to a balanced calendar that wasn’t negated when the board reverted to a traditional one in July.
“I’m discouraged that the board didn’t see the need to support their employees,” Banks said. “A budget as large as ours, you can find it. We need to do something for our employees.”
Banks also requested the board consider approving a minimum pay of $75 to $95 per day for substitute teachers.
“I think it makes sense to not only give the principal leeway to get the most qualified teacher but adequately compensate the individual who is substituting,” Banks said.
Banks said he determined that there needed to be more flexibility with pay after talking with educators in his district.
Substitute teachers on average earn $65 per day.
Board Chair Alison Bartlett recommended they consider revisiting the salary issues when they discuss next year’s budget beginning in October.
The board also moved forward, 5-1, with Banks dissenting, with the reapportionment map that Barlett had presented at the July 28 meeting.
Banks brought a second map to the work session but got no support. In this map, Walton High School, which Banks had previously moved into his district, remained in board member Scott Sweeney’s Post 6.
Banks also asked the board to not rush the voting to deliver Bartlett’s maps to the Cobb County delegation. He said he didn’t believe that legislators would have an opportunity to discuss the school district’s map in their special session that starts Monday.
“I think there is still a need to be talking to delegates,” Banks said. “ A lot of things are coming into play. There is no rush to do it because we have until January.”
In other business, CCSD Human Resources Chief Dr. Donald Dunnigan requested the board modify changes to an administrative rule that allows teachers to have representation with them during disciplinary hearings with administrators.
Bartlett tabled the matter until the board’s Aug. 25 meeting.
“I see some board members who are not real sure about where they stand here … we need to get better educated on these fact,” she said.