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Hourly employees for Iredell-Statesville Schools will be seeing a one-time bonus in their paychecks in December after a vote by the Board of Education Tuesday morning.

Board member Bill Howell made the motion, asking for I-SS to deliver a $200 bonus to all certified employees in November.

Chief Financial Officer Melissa Wike said that the November budget was already fairly tight, so there may not be room for such a bonus. She said employees will also be seeing extra money this month due to retroactive pay in addition to their usual paychecks.

Howell asked if the bonus could be given in December, since fewer taxes would be taken out of their paychecks.

He clarified he wanted the bonus to go to part-time and full-time employees.

“Not to say this again and again and again, but as I stated when I made the motion in our regular board meeting ... these people have been ignored and it’s time to pay attention to them,” he said.

Board Chairman Martin Page disagreed.

“These people have not been totally ignored,” he said. “They have had some raises.”

Board member Sam Kennington seconded the revised motion. It passed without opposition.

Board member Ken Poindexter said I-SS certified employees are non-teaching, hourly employees typically receiving low wages in positions like cafeteria staff, bus drivers and teacher’s assistants.

Other things approved by the board:

» Approval of funding for child nutrition to come out of the general fund balance.

» Approval of a 2019-2020 budget resolution to include state funding.

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