- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Administrators and support staff at Madison County School District will receive a 3 percent pay raise this year.

However, The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1r5XHt5 ) Superintendent Ronnie McGehee turned down a pay raise. McGehee said the money would be better used elsewhere. The raise would have added about $4,500 to his yearly salary. McGehee is paid $149,000 a year.

District finance director Debbie Jones said the pay raises are retroactive to July 1.

The Madison County School District enrolls 12,182 students and is rated an “A” district by the state Department of Education.

School board secretary Sam Kelly said administrators and support staff were given a raise after going several years without one.

“Looking at the overall performance and efforts of all of our employees, we felt like it was appropriate to give what, quite frankly, is a very modest increase,” Kelly said.

Kelly said the board also recently evaluated McGehee and decided a raise was appropriate.

“We went through that process a month or two ago, and our conclusion was that Dr. McGehee is doing an excellent job in leading the Madison County School District, and that shows in the results of our individual schools.

“We looked at the salaries of the superintendents throughout the state, and we made an adjustment that we thought was fair and equitable given the successes we have had as a school district,” Kelly said.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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