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Pay Plus, water issues resolved for county schools

Certified employees and classified staff members throughout the Butler County School System will each get a share of the remaining funds in the Pay Plus account.

The board voted last Thursday night to approve a plan to disperse those funds by paying each certified employee $361.18 and each classified staff member half that amount, or $180.59. All personnel were considered for the funds except the superintendent himself, Looney said.

The vote was met with a hearty round of applause by attendees. Looney said the monies would be paid to the personnel this week.

Pay Plus was an incentive program that attempted to reward those outstanding performers in the system with monetary bonuses.

“There were definitely some flaws in the Pay Plus plan . . . but we have the opportunity to divide what remains across the board,” Looney said.

On Monday, Looney reported the contractors for both W.O. Parmer Elementary School’s new construction and those for Butler County Magnet School were working with the board to resolve the leakage and standing waters issues discovered at the two schools following recent torrential rains.

“Shannon, Strobel and Weaver have been working with us all along to correct the problems at BCMS. And now, First Team Construction, who handled the W.O. Parmer project, is working closely with us to solve the issues at that school,” Looney said.

“First Team was on site last weekend and will be here again this week and we are moving ahead with correcting the problems.”