- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Starkville School Board has approved 5 percent salary increases for Superintendent Lewis Holloway and Assistant Superintendents Toriano Holloway and Jody Woodrum.

The Commercial Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1hU3zUU ) the raises were approved this past week.

Holloway’s salary will increase from $175,000 to $183,750 annually while Woodrum’s pay went from $130,000 to $136,500. Toriano Holloway, who intermittently led Starkville High School after Principal Keith Fennell left the district this year, was given a $5,750 raise to $120,750 annually.

School Board President Lee Brand said board members evaluated the three administrators earlier this year, but tending to the raises was delayed as consolidation talks continued during the legislative session in Jackson.

Brand said each administrator has performed to the best of his or her abilities and continue to improve the school system.

“The evidence is before us that we have a good team of administrators. The raises are a token in good faith to show them that we see their hard work, especially with new things coming into the mix,” Brand said.

Brand said the school board will have to turn its attention to pay increases for other employees sometime in the future.

“When you look at a district like ours, there are so many parts to it that make it work. We have to pick a place to start,” he said referring to the administrators’ raises, “but it’s not an end-all to what’s needed.

“We’ll have to look at making decisions and moving forward in the future to take care of all our employees,” Brand said.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com


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