CNP workers, managers address school board

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Child Nutrition Workers are disappointed in the response, or lack thereof, from the Selma City School Board.

After nutrition worker Jerry Smith addressed the board on behalf of other workers and managers about a new pay schedule, the board president said Smith would have a response in two months.

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School board president Barbara Stapp-Hiouas said the board needs time to discuss the matter further and produce an alternative schedule. She assured the workers the matter will be looked at with a fine-tooth comb.

At issue: Workers contend the new hires make a salary close to or more than managers. Only some workers will receive raises, they say.

Smith also asked that the board look at the workers&8217; pay scale compared to other counties, including Macon, Butler, Wilcox and Marengo.

Smith claims his figures show Selma workers performing the same tasks fall behind all but Butler County.

Under the new pay scale, a Rank 1 CNP manager employed fewer than three years makes an annual gross salary of $15,000. Insurance and retirement come out of that salary.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources places the poverty line for a two-person household at $14,000, Smith said.