published Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Hamilton school board members reject talk of bonuses

by Kelli Gauthier

A motion to discuss the previously tabled issue of one-time bonuses for all school system employees failed to make it on to tonight's Hamilton County school board agenda.

Before the meeting officially began, board members voted 5-3 to not discuss the $400 and $500 bonuses.

Board member Jeffrey Wilson, who first made the motion to discuss the bonuses tonight, said he wanted the board to consider the bonuses at an upcoming work session.

Most of the $2.5 million cost of the bonuses was left over from a federal jobs stimulus package. Because that money only can be used for classroom-based expenses, Superintendent Jim Scales had suggested taking $350,000 from the general purpose budget to give bonuses to classified employees.

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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