Charleston County School Board gives administrator raise, picks leaders for upcoming year

The Charleston County School Board agreed last week to give one of its top leaders a $19,000 raise.

The board approved in a 5-2 vote that Audrey Lane, the district’s deputy for human capital development, would see a salary jump to $122,471 for the current school year.

Her increase will be retroactive to April 1. Board Chairwoman Cindy Bohn Coats and member Elizabeth Moffly were opposed to the majority. Board members Chris Fraser and John Barter weren’t present for the vote at the Nov. 11 meeting; Barter since has resigned from the board to serve as chief operating officer of his college alma mater.

Erica Taylor, the district’s executive director of strategy and communications, said that Lane’s responsibilities increased with the addition of the BRIDGE program, which is the new performance-based evaluation and compensation being developed for district workers.

Her salary hadn’t been negotiated or raised since she finished her residency in 2010 at the nonprofit Broad Center, a program that aims to prepare leaders of public school systems. The superintendent asked for the increase so Lane would be at the appropriate grade on the district’s salary structure, Taylor said.

Coats and Moffly said they were opposed because they wanted to see the results of a new district salary study to consider the request in context, rather than approving an individual increase. The study has been presented to one of the board’s committees but not to the full board.

The pay hike keeps Lane among the highest-paid district employees. Last school year, 30 of the district’s 5,300 workers earned more than $100,000.

In other business, the board re-elected Coats as chairwoman in a 6-2 vote. Board members Moffly and Chris Collins were opposed; Barter wasn’t present.

The board also picked a new vice chair, Tom Ducker, in a 6-0 vote. Both Moffly and Ducker abstained.

Reach Diette Courrégé Casey at @Diette on Twitter or (843) 937-5546.

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