FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – Employees at Franklin County Public Colleges can count on a bonus coming their manner all within the title of retention.
A giant motive why persons are strolling out the door at Franklin County faculties is their low salaries.
Since 2018, Loretta Yopp labored as a bus driver for the varsity district, however after making lower than $1,000 a month, she stated she couldn’t afford to make ends meet. Due to her low earnings, she determined to give up a few month in the past.
“You possibly can’t reside on that, particularly with fuel costs the way in which they’re. Meals goes up and every thing,” Yopp stated. “We simply have to be a aggressive market.”
To fight this, Franklin County Faculty Board agreed Monday evening to offer a $1,000 retention bonus to full-time employees and $500 to part-time staff.
“I feel it exhibits the workers that we admire their efforts,” Franklin County Public Colleges Superintendent Dr. Bernice Cobbs stated. “Not solely does it take our skilled employees nevertheless it takes our categorised employees to assist an efficient college division.”
Cobbs stated it’ll price $1.4 million to pay the retention bonuses for about 1,200 college staff and stated the state’s new funds helps by additionally offering employees a 5 % wage increase. Cobbs stated she is aware of extra must be achieved however is appreciative anytime state legislators may also help.
Whereas Yopp appreciates the hassle, she stated it’s simply not sufficient. She stated substitute bus drivers ought to go from making $54 a day to a minimum of $90 a day.
“They’re dropping individuals,” Yopp stated. “The bonus is sweet., however we’d like the pay. We want the rise within the pay.”
In response to Yopp, the varsity district wants 16 bus drivers and is apprehensive that the low wages will nonetheless pose an issue to draw new hires.
Yopp urged turning to county residents for assist and stated if residents pay a 2% tax, the additional cash might assist improve wages to assist retain and appeal to staff.
However till then, Yopp is paying excessive fuel costs on her 45-minute commute to her new full-time job in Roanoke County.
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