Albemarle Supervisors & School Board to Talk Compensation
Albemarle County supervisors and the school board are coming together to talk compensation for employees in the coming year. It may seem early, but the meeting is needed for two groups that don't always see eye to eye on the issue.
Albemarle County supervisors and school board members say they want to be aggressive and fair with compensation. That competitive compensation will dominate talks at Wednesday's meeting between the supervisors and the school board.
Lorna Gerome, with Albemarle County Human Resources, says the county is on track to remain competitive in the coming fiscal year. Over the past two years, both teachers and classified staff have seen about a 1 percent jump in pay. The two years before that there were no pay raises.
Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler said, "The quality and investments we make in our personnel here is so intrinsically tied to the quality of life, the quality of education."
Compared to peer localities, Albemarle's target pay for classified staff is in the 50th percentile and in the 75th percentile for teachers.
Albemarle County School Board Member Steve Koleszar said, "I think our compensation strategy works really well. I've been very pleased with that."
Both boards are finding common ground on salaries, keeping them the same across the board so that a secretary on either side makes the same.
"It does require a certain understanding of a shared vision of excellence," said Dumler.
Human resources would like a compensation increase percentage from the county executive and the superintendent within a month. Both boards will meet Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Albemarle County Office Building on McIntire Road.
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