Pay raises and cuts coming for Huntsville City Schools support staff

The changes are happening because the Board of Education voted to hire a new staffing company for the district.

Posted: May. 17, 2018 11:04 PM
Updated: May. 18, 2018 6:52 PM

The Huntsville Board of Education voted in a split decision to hire a new school support staffing company.

The contract calls for pay raises for some staff and pay cuts for others.

The people who will feel the brunt of the 3-2 vote are teachers aides, special education aides, custodians, and any other support staff.

For several positions, like custodians and clerical assistants, a raise is coming their way.

For special education aides there is going to be a pay cut of $3.75.

The pay scale was decided by Huntsville City Schools and not by the staffing companies bidding.

The district said the pay for all positions is competitive and comparable to Madison City and Madison County Schools.

The district was legally obligated to take the lowest bidder on the contract, which turned out to be Professional Education Services Group at $15.7 million a year for five years.

One special education aide told WAAY 31 a pay cut hits hard, given everything the 284 aides in the district are responsible for.

"It hurts us tremendously for the job we do, for what we have to do daily, as one of the board members said. With the special ed we have kids that run, we have kids that bite, we have kids that cuss us out on a daily basis," said Special Education Aide Ryan Burks.

The President and CEO of PESG, the winning bidder, told WAAY 31 the company is going to make up the $3.75 difference in their pay cut out of the company's own pocket.

According to the company that comes out to roughly $225,000 a year, which includes payroll taxes the company pays.

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