Providing the local funds needed to give the five percent pay increase the state is giving for school personnel and not increasing the cost of health insurance were the main requests from the Tazewell Education Association.

Greg Deskins presented the associations’ request to the school board Feb. 11. Deskins said the state never meets their full responsibility to the support personnel. He also asked that the employee’s portion of health insurance not be increased to cover the pay raise.

He thanked Chairman David Woodard for his remarks that he was tired of seeing Tazewell County near the bottom of salary comparison lists. He suggested improving the ranking and fairness by compressing the salary scale to what it was before the steps were frozen several years ago.

 Deskins also said the system needs more money for transportation and for the local school allotments. The board will hold a public hearing on its proposed 2019-20 budget at the March 11 meeting.

[In other Action the board:]

*Learned the February is school board appreciation month.

*Heard from Cynthia Beavers about the Career and Technical Center’s plans for career and technical education month and for hosting the district competition Feb. 15 and 20.

*Decided to have the full board work with the consultant to determine insurance rates and coverage for the year.

*Discussed plans to have staff committees prepare recommendations for the issues of pay, transportation and facilities.

*Approved the sale of two trucks as surplus property.

*Approved Graham High School’s request to raise funds for a sign honoring state champion teams.

*Received an update on the education issues before the legislature.

*Appointed a committee to revise the celphone use policy.

*Met in closed session to discuss personnel, students, contracts and legal matters with no action taken.

*Adjourned until March 11 at five p.m.

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