Florence One Schools custodians to get more pay

November 9, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence One Schools Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a pay raise of almost $2 an hour for custodians that will go into effect Dec. 1.

Prior to the pay raise, custodians were making about $8.23 per hour, Florence One Schools Superintendent Richard O’Malley said. Ther district has 73 custodians, according to O’Malley.

“This is a substantial raise for all of our employees who are custodians,” O’Malley said.

According to a chart provided by the school district, custodians will start out making $10 per hour with a $15.76 25-year cap and lead custodians will start out making $11 per hour with a 25-year cap of $16.76 per hour.

O’Malley said the district wanted to ensure it was meeting the needs of the lowest-paid employees in the district.

“We ranked the entire salary guide for our custodians and probably give one of the largest raises that they’ve had in a long time,” O’Malley said. “I think we tried to make the salary guide very competitive, not only statewide, but in this region.”

O’Malley said the district also shrank the time it takes for custodians to get to the top of the pay scale.

Board member Bryan Chapman said he is excited to see the pay raise finally come.

“All I know is that on Dec. 1, people will come to work a whole lot differently,” Chapman said. “We will be affecting many families, and we will realize that people will not be trying to find other places to go in our district anymore.”

Chapman said he thinks the pay raise will also better reward the custodians for the work they do within the district.

During the superintendent’s report, Katie Fang, the founder of CEO of School Links, presented the college and career-readiness platform to the school board.

The platform will allow students an individualized plan to prepare for college and career, Fang said during her presentation.

The district is in the process of rolling out the program in the high schools, which will help counselors advise students as they plan for college and their careers.

Maggie Gause, the director of student support services, said the district will completely roll out the program to the public the week after Thanksgiving. Gause said the counselors have been trained to use the program.

Next week, the district will conduct parent meetings to teach them about the program: Tuesday at West Florence, Wednesday at Wilson and Thursday at South Florence. The parent meetings will take place at 6 p.m.

At the parent meetings, they will have an informational session teaching them to use the program and will receive their login information, Gause said.

School board Chairman Barry Townsend said he is excited to see the program launched.

“As a parent, I am extremely excited for the possibilities,” Townsend said.

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