Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education recently approved a plan to expand the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget by $2 million to address important needs of the school district.
On Sept. 15, the Board moved to approve the 2022-2023 budget resolution, which added several points to the previously approved budget for the fiscal year.
The budget additions include the implementation of the Classified Employee Compensation Study, a one percent increase in the certified employee local supplements, additional Exceptional Children supplements and a four-week paid parental leave provision.
The compensation study was conducted in the fall of 2021 by Evergreen Solutions, LLC and showed that CHCCS lacked a well-defined classified pay structure. The cost of the implementation of the study totaled $1,250,000.
The budget additions also included $247,000 for certified supplements. Andy Jenks, chief communications officer for CHCCS, said the supplements are put towards the salaries of various positions such as librarians and school counselors.
Special education teachers and certified employees with the Exceptional Children program received a two percent supplement to support Exceptional Children employees, according to CHCCS. The supplements totaled $175,000.
The final provision was a $420,000 addition to the budget to add four weeks of paid parental leave to promote parent-child bonding and equity throughout the workplace.