published Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Hamilton school board tables bonus pay


by Kelli Gauthier

Hamilton County schools employees won’t get a Christmas bonus this year after all.

County school board members voted tonight to table a proposal for a one-time bonus for school system employees.

Superintendent Jim Scales and Chief Financial Officer Tommy Kranz had proposed bonuses of $500 for certified employees and $400 for classified employees. The total cost would have been $2.5 million, mostly from federal funds.

See complete story in Friday’s Times Free Press.

about Kelli Gauthier...

Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...

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MetroMax said...

Many teachers in Hamilton County spend at leasst $500 a year out of their own pocket toward classroom materials the county cannot afford.

The Christmas Bonus would have been a nice gesture and would have offset some of those expenses.

December 16, 2010 at 8:18 p.m.
soccermom said...

I agree with Metromax's comment. I guess this just goes to show how the school board really feels about its employees. I spend alot money out of my pocket for my classroom to enhance the curriculum and this bonus would have said to me, "hey, we value you as an employee and want to show you how much you are appreciated by giving you this bonus." It is no wonder that Hamilton County has a hard time finding good teachers. It is no wonder that teachers do not want to work in Hamilton County. I wonder why? Maybe because they are not appreciated.

December 16, 2010 at 9:18 p.m.
Oz said...

The School Board can buy more usless programs, like Everyday Math, with that $2.5 million.

December 16, 2010 at 10:01 p.m.
runnergal said...

I am very disappointed in Hamilton County. Our teachers deserve a bonus. The teachers I know work long hours after school & spend plenty of their their own money. I'm sorry to all our wonderful teachers in hamilton county. Just know this, us parents DO appreciate you .

December 16, 2010 at 10:10 p.m.
soccermom said...

They quickly voted to give retirement funds to board members not so long ago. They appreicate themselves but not the folks that work for them. Something to think about. Wonder if they could have gotten the bonus if they would have voted yes.

December 16, 2010 at 11:39 p.m.
georgeaquila said...

It's truly disappointing. I was praying that the board would see favorably the proposed bonus. I have a Master's degree, and have worked for the school system 4 years, yet am eligible for government assistance to feed my children. A little help putting gifts under the tree would have been nice. -George Aquila

December 17, 2010 at 7:19 a.m.
Humphrey said...

Tuesday night I was leaving my son's cub scout meeting, and there in the hallway a little after 6:30 pm was every single first grade teacher in the school, working together to decide how to exhibit student's work in the hall. Turman said "people with real jobs didn't get raises" - those teachers are real professionals, with real jobs, who have real families and real bills and real college degrees to pay for, who work real hard. Those small bonuses would have been nice. Recently there was a story here about how Chattanooga lagged other cities in education - Thurman's anti-education attitudes are a good example why.

December 17, 2010 at 8:01 a.m.
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