• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

Darlington County School District rewards support staff with 20% starting pay raise

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) — Beginning this month, Darlington County School District bus drivers, custodians and food service staff will see a 20 percent pay raise.

Darlington County was one of many districts in our state to experience staffing shortages in the 2020-2021 school year.

Those who remained played an important role in the district’s toughest school year.

“These bus drivers, who picked up meals and dropped them off for families, and visited food service people who were there early in the morning and were there all day preparing meals,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman.

The district began a salary study a few years ago, but the pandemic halted all salary increases.

After the long year, Newman recommended the pay raise for his support staff.

“We finally decided to say you know what we’re really going to take a big step forward and let our employees who are with us know that we appreciate them and want them to stay with us, but also send a message to those who might want to come and work for the Darlington County School District that they’re going to be valued,” Newman said.

The new starting salaries are as follows:

  • Bus drivers: $14.38
  • Goalies: $12.85
  • Food service: $12.60

“If you look at the market around us, it’s pretty comparable, but we’d like to think we’re a little above that now, and again, just sending a message to the folks at the county school district of Darlington that this is where they want to be,” Newman said.

CLICK HERE to apply for vacancies in the Darlington County School District.

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