Horry County School District looks to increase pay for employees


The Horry County School District is awaiting the results of a salary study to offer pay increases to district employees over the next few years.

"It's a comprehensive salary study and its for all positions within the school district," said Lisa Boucier, who works for the district.

The district spent $170,000 on the study.

"The study was supposed to be presented to us in January and, as you can see, it's been delayed quite a bit. The information we've received back originally was not complete and so we asked for the agency to go back and really present us with a complete study and so we're hoping to have that back within the next week or two," said Boucier.

The results of this study are crucial before the start of the next school year.

District officials need to be able to review areas of opportunities, in the results, to increase pay over the course of the next few years.

"What we're looking at, if we're looking at bus drivers or cafeteria workers or principals, we're looking at the whole span of a lifetime of what the pay scale is, so we're looking from now into the future," said District Chair Joe Defeo.

District officials said making adjustments in salaries will make them more competitive when it comes to the hiring process.

Horry County teachers are paid the highest average pay in South Carolina at $50,000 a year, but district officials want to offer more to attract more teachers.

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