Horry County School Board approves pay raises for teachers, staff

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Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 12:37 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Teachers and staff at Horry County Schools will have a little extra money in their paychecks.

The Horry County Board of Education approved pay raises during Monday night’s meeting.

At the beginning of the month, it was discussed during a Joint Finance/Human Resources Committee meeting that because of the economic environment, the district needed to have competitive rates in order to attract and retain employees.

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According to Mary Anderson, the chief human resources officer, the number of historic separations due to retirement, resignation and/or termination had increased from 503 during the 2018-2019 school year, to 725 in the 2021-2022 school year.

Documents show the pay raises are as follows:

  • Increase all classified staff hourly rates by $1.50 per hour
  • Increase the teacher salary schedule by $2,000 per cell
  • Adjust certain professional positions (assistant principals, learning specialists, coordinators) to be comparable with teacher salary increases)
  • Increase the non-teaching professional salary schedule by 2% (excludes assistant principals, learning specialists, coordinators)

The pay raises will go into effect immediately and will also be recurring.

The estimated cost of the pay raises is $18.1 million and will come out of the General Fund.