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Some Bibb school employees may see their check change within the next year or so. That includes classified employees like maintenance and clerical workers and those on the executive level.

"Our goal in the salary study was to get to a point where our salaries can be competitive with similar size school systems," said Steve Smith, interim superintendent.

He said they compared classified employees salaries to school systems in the Columbus, Savannah and Augusta areas.

"They'll be some winners and some loser in this, most of them will be winners because as we look at our classified salaries as a whole ours was slightly below what the average was for the three counties that we were compared to in the study," said Smith.

Smith said in the fall classified employees were notified of the salary survey. The new wages will take effect July 1.

Also, around 25 deputy superintendents, executive directors and directors might see a change on their paycheck, but not until fiscal year 2016.

"When my predecessor came in he began to hire people and just pay them a set salary for doing a job irregardless of what the experience was or what the level of certification was," said Smith.

Smith said he didn't know about the discrepancies until after May 1, when fiscal year 2015 contracts had already been signed.

Salaries could increase or decrease by $5,000 to $10,000.

"One deputy and another deputy. If somebody had say 25 years and another one had 10 years. The years of experience would cause a fluctuation. If one of them had a masters degree and another one had a doctorate degree that would also cause a lot of fluctuation. The doctorate would pay more than the masters degree would," said Smith.

To help determine the new salaries, they are using a state salary guide. He said employees on the executive level are aware of the pending changes and will be officially notified at the beginning of the next school year.

Smith said he agreed to stay with the school system until December 31, if the school board doesn't hire a new superintendent in that time frame.


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