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The Franklin County Board of Education unanimously approved salary schedules for district employees Monday. 

Larry Perkins, a member of the board, noted during the discussion that the schedule includes raises for four positions. Superintendent Mark Kopp expanded on that point and said that the district did a salary study of other school districts and found that in the classified directors area, Franklin County Schools' salaries were not as competitive. Classified employees do not require a teaching degree, unlike certified employees, who have a teaching degree. 

Kopp said the raises were given to the directors of maintenance, transportation, food services and human resources and were all around $5,000 a year. He said that some of those positions pay about $25,000 less annually than similar positions in other school districts and these raises allow Franklin County to be competitive in those areas. 

The four director positions are listed on their own salary schedule for the next year, and pay is determined from a scale based on years of experience. A director with no experience is scheduled to have a salary of $56,603 and a director with 27 years of experience will make $84,135. These directors work 250 days a year, according to the schedule. Kopp said that the raises were less than 10 percent for some of the positions. 

Kopp said that the salary schedules that the board approved on Monday does not include a salary increase for all employees.

"It is something we could visit down the road across the board," Kopp told board members. 

The board also approved its evaluation of Kopp during Monday's meeting. The board held a closed session an hour before its regular public meeting for the evaluation. 

Board Chairperson Natalie Lile read the summary of the evaluation at the end of the meeting. The evaluation is based on seven areas and board members can give scores of one to four, with four meaning "exemplary." The board gave Kopp fours in cultural leadership, collaborative leadership and influential leadership and threes in strategic leadership, instructional leadership, human resources leadership and managerial leadership. 

In his report to the board, Kopp said that the district bought Scholastic Books for preschool through fifth grade students to promote summer reading. He said next year the school will have a record to show if the purchase decreased the "summer slump" that some students show when they return to school in August. According to Franklin County Schools' Facebook account, the district bought more than 17,000 books. 

Some custodians were also recognized during the meeting. The custodial team at the Franklin County Career and Technical Center was awarded the "Outstanding Team" award for the 2018-19 school year. Elkhorn Elementary's team was given the "Most Improved" award. The "Cleanest Building" award was given to Hearn Elementary's custodians. Each award was made by the FCCTC. 

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