Richland One Protest Leads To Pay Cuts Being Rescinded
By: Laney Sifford
Posted: September 21, 2010 11:43 am
Richland One School Board voted unanimously Monday night to restore the nearly $1 million in pay cuts to district workers. This board had previously cut out longevity and incentive pay for some school employees as a budget trimming measure.
Bus drivers, cafeteria workers and office workers are among the employees appearing before the board demanding their extra pay be reinstated.
Jevell Hennix has been a bus driver for 16 years and says she wasn't about to miss this meeting.
"I didn't have enough money to pay my bills. Like rent... I didn't even have enough to pay rent," said Hennix.
Several board members, including Barbara Scott, said they were not aware of the ramifications of the budget cut and would not have voted for it had they known they were taking pay from employees.
School Board Chairman Vince Ford says he hopes the board's decision will not result in any job losses.