The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District is considering the creation of new pay scales to help organize its employees by salary.

The pay scale was the subject of a lengthy discussion at the board’s meeting Tuesday night, with members of the board examining different possibilities and expressing concerns on the way it was laid out.

School board secretary Sumner Davis expressed concerns about the district’s lack of a standardized pay scale for its positions.

“Why is it that we have different salary scales for the same job titles,” Davis said. “You’ve got an administrative assistant here offer federal programs, you’ve got an administrative assistant to the deputy superintendent with a different one, you’ve got an administrative assistant for student support services. Then you’ve got multiple bookkeepers.”

District Chief Financial officer Tammie McGarr said she listed the similar positions under different scales due to differences in the positions’ responsibilities.

“Some of those, like the administrative assistant positions, there are different job duties for each of those different administrative positions,” McGarr said.

However, despite his concern about the pay scales, Davis still supported increasing the pay for the positions listed.

While holding off on voting on the pay scale and a 1.2% cost of living adjustment (COLA), the board did approve pay raises for certain employees in the finance office, human resources, administrative assistant, school resource officer, transportation and child nutrition departments.

The board also unanimously approved the district’s 2019-2020 budget, as well as an order requesting a levy of ad valorem taxes for the school year.

The budget was approved along with the district’s other August financial items in a single motion.


For more on this story, read Thursday's Starkville Daily News. 

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