Carrollton, Ky. — April 22, 2022 — At its April 21 meeting, the Carroll County Board of Education approved a 2% raise for all certified and classified Carroll County School District employees, in addition to the step increase employees receive for each year of service. Also, in an effort to bring the district’s salary schedule in line with surrounding school districts, some classified positions in the district were also increased beyond that to make them more comparable to what surrounding districts pay. This is one of the largest raises the district has given to employees in recent years, with typical annual raises hovering around 1%.
“We know that our staff delivers the best instruction and service that they can to our students, especially with what they have done since the pandemic began, and we are doing everything that we can to compensate them for the great work that they do for kids each day,” said Superintendent-Designee Jonica Ray. “The last two years have demonstrated the true selflessness and dedication our staff has, and we want them to know that it has not gone unnoticed. We are truly blessed with a wonderful staff in our school district.”
In 2017-2018 and in 2018-2019, the district granted 1% raises. In 2019-2020, the district granted a 1.5% raise. Last year, the district granted 1% raises.
“Even before inflation took off, 1% raises were not keeping up with the cost of living,” Ray said. “We know that our employees are selfless, but we have to remain competitive when it comes to compensation and to attracting the best and brightest people to work with the kids of our school district. The board truly understands that our employees sacrifice so much daily to help our students be successful.”
Prior to the approval, the board requested a thorough review of salaries to determine whether Carroll County School District salaries were competitive, compared to surrounding school districts. The results of this salary review supported the 2% increase, and district leadership will continue to analyze this data yearly and to make adjustments when needed.
At the same meeting, the board also approved moving forward with the CCHS Baseball/Softball restroom project. Rising prices prompted a change to the scope of the project in order to remain fiscally conservative, but the project is moving forward, with construction expected to begin this spring.
“This has been a need in our school district and in our community for years,” Ray said. “I appreciate all of the work that our staff has done, especially CFO Jon Conrad and COO Mark Willhoite, and we all appreciate the ongoing work our board does to make our school district a great place to be.”