The Johnson County Schools Board of Education approved a districtwide retroactive salary increase during its regular meeting Monday for the 2018-2019 school year.

According to Superintendent Thom Cochran, this increase will manifest in the amount of a 2 percent increase for certified employees and classified employees will receive a raise in the amount of whichever is highest — 2 percent or 50 cents per hour.

Cochran said that the salary increases have been a process more than a year in the making, and that he remained “hopeful that with continued diligence to remain financially responsible, salary increases would continue in future years.”

“When I began as superintendent, one of my goals was to be able to recommend a salary increase for our employees as soon as possible,” Cochran said. “I want to thank the board members for sharing that same goal and working so hard to help achieve it.”

In addition to the monetary raise, employees at the district also set two additional holidays, which Cochran said would essentially equal a one-percent raise in value for the employees.

The Johnson County Schools Board of Education meets on the last Monday of each month, usually in the administrative building on the Johnson Central High School and Johnson County Middle School campus. All meetings are open to the public, and any venue changes are announced ahead of time.

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