The Herald Bulletin

July 9, 2013

ACS board approves performance-based compensation plan

Meadowbrook Elementary sold to Lindberg Church

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — To receive a raise, Anderson Community Schools administrators and administrative staff will now have to meet performance standards.

The Anderson Community Schools board approved the district's performance-based compensation model Tuesday evening during its monthly meeting in Anderson High School's auditorium.

"Seniority is out the window under the new law," Superintendent Felix Chow said. "Everything is performance-based."

However, even if a staffer meets standards of being marked as "effective" or "highly effective" in his or her annual designation of a categorical rating, it doesn't automatically mean he or she will receive a raise.

Anderson Federation of Teachers President Tom Forkner expressed concern over administrators receiving pay raises while those like school nurses and secretaries don't have that chance right now.

Chow said any pay increases will have to be approved at a separate meeting and, depending on the school district's financial situation, could be "as little as a $1 symbolic raise."

As of July 1, 2012, an annual performance evaluation for each certified employee including student achievement measures, rigorous effectiveness measures and remediation plans became law.

ACS' compensation plan bases raises on an annual evaluation category (highly effective, effective, needs improvement or ineffective) and, to a much lesser degree, experience.

Gone are the days of automatic raises based solely on years of experience, Chow said.

Those who receive ratings of "needs improvement" or "ineffective" will receive no pay increases and be required to take remediation.

The school board also voted to sell the former Meadowbrook Elementary School to Lindberg Church for $10,000.

"Meadowbrook is one we do not see a use for in the future," Chief Financial Officer Kevin Brown said.

He added that the church will use the building as a sanctuary and activities center.

The Lindberg Road Church of Christ announced in May that it may have to move following a bankruptcy ruling.

Several human resources changes were approved, including more than a dozen recalls and contract non-renewals, and Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark brought attention to William Coggins, who passed away on June 23.

Coggins was an ACS coach and educator for 42 years. Clark said it's "challenging when someone so dedicated" is suddenly lost.

Coggins "was a very dedicated teacher" who was well-liked and a valuable member to the school district, she added.

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A summary of what happened at the Anderson Community Schools board meeting Tuesday: The board approved the district's performance-based compensation plan Meadowbrook Elementary School was sold to Lindberg Church Several human resources changes were made The board approved a teacher appointment to the Anderson Public Library board