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Hall teachers may get 1 percent salary increase
Budget proposal includes millage rate decrease but not full rollback
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Hall County teachers are looking at a potential salary increase for fiscal year 2016, as the school board held its first budget hearing Monday.

Board members discussed the need to stay competitive with surrounding counties.

“We’re looking at the possibility of a 1 percent — everybody — increase, which would cost … with benefits $1,625,000,” Deputy Superintendent Lee Lovett said.

According to the salary schedule assuming the 1 percent increase, the lowest level on the schedule in the first year would earn $35,647.

The board additionally discussed the millage rate, which currently stands at 18.9 mills. A proposed reduction in the rate would bring it to 18.8 mills.

“If an individual that owns a home did not have a reassessment — if his notice did not go up — then his taxes is going to be less by a tenth of a mill,” Lovett said. “And that’s going to be the overwhelming majority, I think, of the population.”

The rollback rate for 2015 was 18.329 mills, meaning the proposed rate is an increase of 0.471 mills.

No public comment was made during the budget hearing.

In other business, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Eloise Barron discussed the definitions in the code of conduct on bullying and cyberbullying.

The policy on bullying includes acts that come “by use of data or software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system.”

It also applies for bullying that takes place outside of school property.

The board adjourned to enter executive session to discuss personnel matters.

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