The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education approved a motion to provide a one-percent raise to all classified and certified employees within the district, with Superintendent David Gibson saying the school system is in “good shape” financially.

“We’re reducing overhead at the central office in order to help our teachers and our kids more,” Gibson said. “This is a way of keeping our budget in line, and we’re going to be fine as far as our budget, going forward.”

Gibson said the district was on par to have a similar budget as they did in 2017-18, “unless something comes up,” and that the raise wouldn’t affect any functions at the elementary or high schools.

In the previous year, Paintsville Independent Schools was able to both reduce taxes for Paintsville residents and produce profit for the district, according to Gibson, and that, in combination with the overhead reduction being implemented in the central office, made the raise possible.

“We actually went down (on taxes), it’s kind of a really good situation,” Gibson said. “We were able to reduce our taxes, we were able to reduce our payroll and we were able to consolidate and save money on overhead, so we’re in pretty good financial standing. We can’t predict the future or how that’s going to change, but, you know, this board’s been really good for a long time and it’s just a good time to help our people.”

Gibson said he was thankful that the board was able to help the staff.

“Our board really appreciates our staff and we want to make sure that they understand how much we appreciate them,” Gibson said. “In tough economic times, our board’s really good at watching our budgets and numbers and we were able to do this and still be within our constraints and it’s just a good opportunity to help our people.”

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education meets on the second Monday of each month at the district offices at 5:15 p.m.  All meetings are open to the public.

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