CMCSS Jeanine Johnson

Jeanine Johnson

As anticipated, teachers with Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will not receive a pay raise this year, including a cost-of-living increase.

Director of Schools Millard House told the Clarksville-Montgomery County Board of Education in April the effects of the economy due to COVID-19 would make major revisions in the school budget this year, which would have included needs of about $6 million.

Some of the items eliminated from the budget for the upcoming school year included new positions, as well as a cost-of-living increase and step adjustments and also market analysis improvements.

On July 14, the board approved its memorandum of understanding between the district and the Clarksville-Montgomery County Education Association.

The annual document lists salaries, grievance procedures, insurance information, fringe benefits, working conditions, leave and payroll deductions in an overall understanding of the terms and conditions of professional service.

During the board’s study session July 7, chief human resources officer Jeanine Johnson said it was the eighth year the MOU was implemented through the collaborative conferencing process.

Areas revised for the upcoming school year included a policy on grievances, which Johnson said involved processes to resolve issues between individual teachers and principals.

The personal leave option was updated to roll over a leave day to sick leave and receive an additional personal leave day for the next school year, instead of taking one day of payment for the leave.

“This year, ending the school year as we did in March, we had a large percentage of our employees that still had all three of their personal leave days,” Johnson said. “So, in an effort to help with the cost of that, we said if you choose not to take the payment, we’ll give you an extra personal leave day for this next year.”

The third revision involved dress code policy regarding visible tattoos considered obscene, profane or provocative.

Employees would be required to work with their supervisor to ensure tattoos are covered at all times to not be a distraction at school.

The teacher salary was part of the MOU, which showed no cost-of-living adjustment or steps for this year, but there would a one-time payment of $300 paid to any previous employees who remain with the district in the upcoming school year.

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