BOE OKs 4% raise for super

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Covington County Board of Education on Tuesday night voted to give the superintendent a 4 percent raise.

According to data from the state department of education, Shannon Driver’s salary was $103,071.

A 4 percent raise puts Driver’s salary at more than $107,000.

The legislature this year approved a 4 percent raise for teachers and other school employees who earn less than $75,000 per year, as well as principals and assistant principals. All other employees will get a 2 percent raise.

“The 4 percent increase for our teachers did not include Mr. Driver,” Board Chairman Jimmy Rodgers said. “And we wanted to give him one.”

Board member Jimmy Prestwood said that Driver was the lowest paid superintendent in the county.

“But we have the best,” he said.

According to the state department, Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson is paid $113,704 for the fiscal year 2016 and Opp City Schools Superintendent Michael Smithart is paid $103,020.

Nearby county superintendents are paid as follows, according to the state department of education for fiscal year 2016:

• Crenshaw County Superintendent Dr. Boyd English is paid $116,000.

• Escambia County Schools Superintendent John Knott is paid $117,803.

• Butler County Schools Superintendent Amy Bryan is paid $130,000.

• Coffee County Superintendent Terry Weeks is paid $122,400.

• Pike County Superintendent Dr. Mark Bazzell is paid $124,940.

• Conecuh County Superintendent Dr. Zickeyous Byrd makes $105,000.

• Geneva County Superintendent Becky Birdsong makes $109,390.

• Elba City Schools Superintendent Chresal Threadgill is paid $110,160

• Brewton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Varner makes $125,000.