Wake Ed

Wake County school board to get official assignment plan

Student assignment and pay raises for teachers, therapists and Superintendent Jim Merrill are among the issues the Wake County school board will deal with Tuesday.

During Tuesday’s work session, the board will receive the third draft of the 2016-17 student assignment proposal. From that point on, the plan is in the board’s hands before the vote on Dec. 1.

Among the issues to watch are hard numbers on how many student are affected and whether any changes were made since the second draft was presented Oct. 6. Three information session were held in the past two weeks with Leesville parents particularly lobbying for changes.

Last year, the board only made one change after the final draft was presented. So, odds wise, it’s probably an uphill battle for families to get changes made after Tuesday.

Also during the work session, the board will review one more time proposed 2016-17 salary schedules for teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists. Classroom teachers are slated to see raises of between $875 and $3,202 this year.

Veteran occupational therapists could see $1,000-a-month raises. It’s hoped the increases will stem the high OT turnover rate.

The raises for teachers and therapists will be voted on at the regular meeting.

Also during the regular meeting, the board will vote on a pay increase and contract amendment for Merrill. He’s slated to get a $12,397 increase with $6,302 as a salary raise and $6,095 as a performance bonus. His contract would also be extended through June 2019.

Other topics Tuesday include:

▪ A review of this year’s legislative session;

▪ Board identification of 20 Wake County schools now listed as low performing by the state. It’s schools that got a D or F letter grade and did not exceed expected growth this past school year;

▪ Apporval of schematic designs for renovations of Rolesville Elementary and Vandora Springs Elementary.