Full-time staff at Hardin County Schools will receive a one percent cost of living payment in December, but not a raise.

The Hardin County Schools board of education met in a regular meeting on Thursday to approve this decision, among other items.

Full-time staff usually receive a cost of living raise which permanently affects a staff member’s salary at the start of the fiscal year on July 1. However, because of budgeting constraints, a one-time payment was the only option.

“We know how hard you’re working, and we appreciate it so much and we wish we could do better,” said Kay Sharon, board member.

John Stith, chief operations officer, said they’re hoping to do the raise again, and for right now it’ll be this one time.

For a staff member who may make $40,000 a year, this means they will receive a one-time payment of about $400 in December. Stith said it’ll be a little under $1 million that’ll be paid out to staff members.

Superintendent Teresa Morgan said she gave a recommendation to the board to delay the renaming of Cecilia Valley Elementary School to West Hardin Middle School for the 2022-23 school year.

Morgan said it is not the right time to push this forward, and is asking for it to not be moved to the top of the district facilities plan.

She also discussed an update made about the inclusion of apprenticeships among businesses in the community for students to earn credits and experience in different industries.

She said they are asking the board to pay students $150,000 maximum over the next three years to be interns within the district including in automotive, child nutrition, teaching, informational technology and finance.

“We’re hoping by having the internships and apprenticeships at those locations, they have an emotional connection to us and they will stay and continue to work for us because of those apprenticeships,” Morgan said.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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