CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston County's school board is getting a significant raise after giving final approval Monday to their own proposed salary increase.
Board members voted 4-2 for their own raise in a second and final reading of the motion Monday. It originally passed first reading in June with a 5-2 vote.
As part of the proposal, the board's nine members each will begin drawing a salary of over $14,400 a year. Charleston County's 50 constituent board members also will begin making more than $7,200 yearly. The pay increase will cost taxpayers over $400,000 a year.
The board passed first reading of the proposal Monday with a 5-2 vote. Board members Chris Collins, Kevin Hollinshead, Eric Mack and Michael Miller voted in favor of the raise.
Kate Darby voted "No." Chris Staubes also voted "No," after voting in favor of the raise in its first reading last month. Cindy Bohn Coats abstained from voting. Todd Garrett and Priscilla Jeffery were not at the meeting.
Currently, board members get $25 per meeting, up to $1,000 a year.
“Our salary is based on a policy that was written some 30-40 years ago, so for us to come on board and get online with what other school districts are doing I think it was to do what the board did today," board member Michael Miller said.