County Board of Education rejected the notion of raising the
salary of Career and Technical Education Director Tom
The county school board's budget committee recommended the
school up Hankinson's salary from $48,962 to $57,702.
Bill Marcus, who chairs the board's budget committee, said the
idea to up the salary of Hankinson was about promises made when
he was hired to increase his salary which never did come to
Marcus said the salary for any position is set and the employee
agrees when they sign the contract. He said he also feared
increasing a salary in the middle of the budget year would be
opening the flood gates for requests for salary increases from
other school system employees. "I don't think that would be good
for us," Marcus said.
Board member Leroy Tate said he agreed now is not the time to be
considering salary increases when county teachers were denied
step raises in the current budget.
Board member Gary Ubben said that Hankinson is an excellent
administrator, but now is not the right time for a salary
Board member Van Shaver, who is also on the budget committee,
said Hankinson and one other person had come to the committee
asking for raises. He noted that Hankinson's salary is well
below other directors in the system and that funds for a raise
are in the vocational budget. He estimated it would require
$2,913 to fund the salary increase for the rest of the school
year. "This one particular salary is so far out of sync it
deserves consideration," Shaver said.
Board member Steve Harrelson said while there is little doubt
Hankinson deserves a salary increase because he is paid well
below other system supervisors and because he as assumed more
responsibilities, he would "be more comfortable doing this
during the budget process."
Board member Bobby Johnson, Jr. also noted Hankinson's increased
workload. "I'm for him having it," Johnson said of the proposed
Director of Loudon County Schools Wayne Honeycutt said while
there is some money in the budget for the raise, any salary
increase would have to be approved by the county commission. "If
the county commission rejects it we're back where we were,"
The board voted to deny the salary increase.