After a year with Marlon King on the Jackson-Madison County School System Supervisor seat, the school board is preparing to renew its four-year contract with a board member requesting a salary increase.
Board member Janice Hampton has asked the Board of Directors to consider an increase of $15,000 to King’s current salary of $185,000.
“He never lost sight of what he planned,” Hampton said. “He has done a tremendous job in bringing things together and making this area workable for everyone, especially teachers, other staff, management and overhead all students. When it is simple for our teachers to teach, our students excel. With that being said, I am excited about what he can bring with the school year. Next … “
Although hesitant about his salary final year, Hampton now feels the board must do what’s right by setting a $200,000 paycheck for what he did final year at JMCSS and for his experience.
“If we worked for him,” she said, “there is no doubt that he would move mountains for us.”
Chairman James “Pete” Johnson has tasked the Board of Directors with reviewing King’s contract and policy regarding King’s liability for JMCSS operations as well as evaluating potential changes to his compensation and benefits – which are controlled by the Board.
“You know what happens when you have a pleasing coach (which King considers himself for his team), and you triumph, you triumph, you triumph,” Johnson said metaphorically of King’s leadership. “You are being recruited.”
The contract, which runs from July 2020 until June 2024, can be renewed for another year.
Under the contract, his salary must be increased at fewest equal to the salary increase for teachers, who receive a 3% increase, which means his salary must increase by at fewest $5,550. His salary may not be reduced except by law.
If you donate a hoist of $15,000, the annual salary increase will still apply.
Heat map of vacancies
JMCSS has about 85 vacancies, a number similar to the number of vacancies final year. Most of these are in sixth through 12th grade at the reopened Jackson Central-Merry and at the Jackson Academic STEAM Academy (JASA), a district electronic school that will have a location at the previously closed Malesus Elementary School.
Here are the schools with more than five job openings, as of the June report presented at the July board meeting:
- Five primary teachers
- art teacher
- two primary teachers
- art teacher
- Two exceptional education teachers
- One position per K-5 and 6-8 science teacher, lofty school math student, foreign language teacher, and art teacher
- Two lofty school English teachers
- Two lofty school science teachers
- Three vocational lofty school teachers
- One position each for 6-8 English teacher, art teacher and choir director
- One 9 to 12 teaching position is also required for Special Education, English, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Professional and electives with a part-time elective teacher
- Two middle school social studies teachers
- Two middle school science teachers
- Three lofty school math teachers
- Two exceptional education teachers
- One teaching position each for Mathematics, Foreign Language, Science, and Physical and Vocational Education
- Six primary teachers
- One position each for library media specialist, art teacher and preschool teacher
- Two English teachers
- Math teachers
- Two teachers by choice
- One position per PE and Librarian media specialist
As the leadership works to load these points, the human resources department is working on a heat map of vacancies to determine which schools need to support the larger area. More than five vacancies will appear in red on the heatmap.
JCM-ECH Manpower Development Center Building
JCM Early College High’s Workforce Development Center is conclude, according to Deputy Superintendent Ricky Catlett.
Revamped behind the school, it will have seven programs available to all JMCSS lofty schools, incorporate the popular Local Options and Opportunity Program (LOOP) and offer more than one track to student goals, according to Director of Career and Technical Education and JCM-President Nathan Lewis.
Each area will have an umbrella—Health Science, Welding, and Advanced Manufacturing—a classroom with an adjacent lab so students can immediately move into hands-on activities to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.
Under health science, there are four programs: Diagnostic Services, Nursing Services, Sports and Human Performance and Therapeutic Services. Advanced manufacturing includes mechatronics and machinery, and welding is a program of its own.
JMCSS will have a ribbon cut for the center.
King has prepared a board meeting agenda that will donate leadership and board members an idea of what to expect at each meeting, from July 2021 through June 2022.
For example, the August agenda is expected to include approvals of a district engagement letter with the school system’s law firm and a memorandum of understanding for school resource staff.
Each month—except in September due to the election of a school board official or July because of the calendar review—the board will review and update about 10 policies, allowing board members to focus on policies while keeping them updated.
The October Fall Council Retreat and the Spring Council Retreat in April are also included.
It gives board members an idea of what to expect and a way to decide what, if any, to add.
Board meetings will take place on the second Thursday of each month, following the Monday business session, except for adjustments made to the September and November meetings.
September. 6 working sessions on September 9. 7 because of Labor Day.
Meetings during the week of November. 8 will be carried over for a week through November. 1 and november. 4 to avoid meeting on Veterans Day.
A list of annual conferences, such as the National School Board Association, the Institute for Education Innovation and the National Association of Black School Teachers, has also been submitted to the board so that they know when and where conferences are out of state and do not require further board action.
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LaCherica Thornton is the education correspondent for The Jackson Sun. You can reach her at 731-343-9133 or by email at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @LashericaT
This article originally appeared on Jackson Sun: JMCSS Boardroom Bits: Board member requests $15,000 salary increase to renew King’s contract