Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/24/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info/Action
Subject: School Board Salary Advertisement (8:50 to 9:00)
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Summary: Legislation passed by the General Assembly during the 2002 session changed the law regarding salaries of elected school boards. Under the new law, an elected school board may pay each of its members an annual salary that is consistent with the salary procedures, and no more than, the salary limits provided for local governing bodies. The legislation eliminated the specific salary limits for elected school boards, but retained the limits for appointed school boards. Legislation also increased the amount a school board chair may be paid in addition to its annual salary from $1,100 to $2,000 upon passage of an appropriated resolution.In December of 2002, the School Board revised Policy BHD, School Board Member Compensation and Expenses, to reflect the changes made during the 2002 General Assembly Session.

The School Board adopted the procedure currently used by the Board of Supervisors in setting its members’ salary pursuant to Virginia Code section 15.2-1414.3. Specifically, the School Board would establish its members’ salary by affirmative vote annually between May 1st and June 30th. Before setting salaries each year using this procedure, the School Board is required to hold a public hearing and provide notice as specified in Virginia Code sections 15.2-1426 and 1427. If the salary increase is approved by an affirmative vote, then the increase will take effect on the next July 1. This procedure will be followed on an annual basis and is not tied to the election cycle.

Under this procedure, the maximum salary is set by statute based on the County’s population according to current Census data, and may be increased each year by an inflation factor not to exceed 5 percent. The Board may adjust its salary annually after a public hearing following the same procedures used for the original setting of the salary.

Currently, school board members receive an annual salary of $6,620. The current chairman stipend is an additional $1,800 annually and the vice-chairman receives a stipend of $35 per meeting chaired.

The Board of Supervisors’ salary cap is tied to population based on U.S. Census data, and it has the legal authority to increase its salary by ordinance in an amount not to exceed 5 percent annually. The Board of Supervisors also pays its Chairman a stipend of $1,800 annually, and the Vice-Chairman a stipend of $35 per meeting chaired. The Board of Supervisors proposed annual salary is $16,590 starting July 1, 2018 representing a 2% increase.

In May of 2005, the School Board asked that the school board member salaries be increased by the same amount as budgeted for the classified staff merit pool. If the Board follows the same increase as classified, then the salary beginning July 1, 2018 would be $6,752.
Funding: Cost implications for the 2018-19 fiscal year will depend on the amount the school board votes to set for their annual salary. The school board will also need to determine the chairman and vice-chairman stipend at the same time that the school board salary is set.
Recommendation: Based upon previous Board direction , the salary for School Board members for 2018-2019 would be $6,752 with a chairman stipend of $1,800 per year and a vice-chairman stipend of $35 per meeting chaired. Before setting its salary, the Board must advertise and hold a public hearing regarding the issue. Advertisement requirements are that the public hearing must be advertised once a week for two successive weeks prior to its passage in a newspaper with general circulation in the County.

Provide direction to the Board Clerk to advertise for public hearing a School Board Member salary of $6,752 with a chairman stipend of $1,800 and a vice-chairman stipend of $35 per meeting chaired.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jennifer Johnston - School Board Clerk
Signed By:
Dr. Pamela Moran - Superintendent