Originally created 10/24/98

Salary system studied



Columbia County Board of Education could be taking a closer look at what it pays some of its employees.

Schools Superintendent Tom Dohrmann said the school system wants to compare salaries to other school districts around the state to see how Columbia County ranks.

"To see if we're in line, if raises are in line and if we're staffed properly," Dr. Dohrmann said. "We're going to review what the board specifically wants to look at."

Associate Superintendent Tommy Price said the board will discuss the salary study during Tuesday's meeting. The board meets at its Appling office at 6 p.m.

"We'll just be talking to the board about the scope of the thing -- what exactly do they want us to include in this study?" Mr. Price said. "We've sent out a general request for proposals to come in, and basically that would be a comprehensive study. The board may or may not want that much."

The board could choose to study only salaries of non-certified personnel, for example. Dr. Dohrmann said one thing he would like to see is a comparison of coaching supplements to see if Columbia County needs to do more to attract and keep good coaches.

Cost might determine how far the salary study goes, Dr. Dohrmann said.

"It might not be cost-effective to look at everything," he said.

Mr. Price said the school system hopes to have the data back in as soon as possible. The school system's budget process begins in January with a recommendation going to the school board in June, he said.

"We need to kind of get moving on it," Mr. Price said. "We want the data to get back early in the budget process so that it can be considered with the new budget."

Peggy Ussery covers education for The Augusta Chronicle's Columbia County Bureau. She can be reached at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 112, or ccchron@augustachronicle.com.