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Report indicates county and school employees are underpaid

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors and the county school board learned at a joint meeting on November 29 that some county and school employees are being paid about 20% less in salaries than those with similar jobs in surrounding counties.

Steven B. Miner, vice president of Stringsted, a firm hired to conduct a joint county and school compensation study, said the report found that county salaried employees—not including school employees—”should have” a $232,161 increase to compensate for underpaid salaries. This would be a 9.07% overall county salary increase. The total cost of annual salary payments would increase from $2,558,565 to $2,790,727 if the 9.07% hike was given.

The school salary portion of the report is still in draft form because not enough data has been collected, said Miner. However, it did state that “preliminary data indicates a likely gap of up to 19% for current pay.” It also states that the survey is finding teacher and specialist salaries are low or “under grade,” with much less (additional) anticipated cost [to the county] being in administration and support positions.” Miner said that a final report on school salaries should be complete by January 1, 2018.

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posted 12.06.2017

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