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Raise could lift Lowndes County School Board to 2nd highest paid in AL

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Lowndes County School Board members are keenly interested in Senate Bill 121. The outcome could make a dramatic difference in their monthly pay.

Marvin Scott likes the idea of county school board members getting a pay raise.

"They're just barely getting by," Scott explained. "They do a lot for the schools and what not." 

If state Senator Hank Sanders, D-Selma, has his way, the five school board members could see their monthly pay jump from $600 a month to $1,000 a month. That would cause Lowndes County, one of the state's most historically poor counties, to leap to the second highest paid school in the state behind Huntsville.

"Board members do quite a bit in our community," said Lowndes County Public School Superintendent Dr. Daniel Boyd.

The superintendent says he fully supports what Sanders is trying to do. In fact, Boyd says school board members haven't had a raise in at least 11 years, the length of time he's been in his position.

"Also board members are required to undergo annual training," he said.

On the flip side of the issue, Boyd admitted there are those who might disagree with the notion of giving school board members a raise when Lowndes County is historically one of the poorest in the state. There were, in fact, a few people in Hayneville who didn't want to talk about it for various reasons.

"Although there may be concerns about the increase for board members, we must also realize they put in a considerable amount of time, it takes a lot of time and energy and work with parents," Boyd said.

County school board members will receive their pay raise immediately if lawmakers approve the bill. 

According to the Alabama Association of School Boards, Montgomery County School Board members earn $833 a month, while Elmore County gets $600 and Autauga County gets $300.

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