New Hanover County Schools COVID funds: How it’s being used | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

When teaching assistants first started showing up to New Hanover County Board of Education meetings, they asked for a raise in pay to a minimum of $17 an hour through COVID-19 relief funds. 

The district will raise its minimum wage for teaching assistants to $14 an hour, and the state will increase that to $15 an hour starting in July 2022. While board members like Judy Justice pushed for more consideration of raising the minimum to $17 an hour, Mary Hazel Small, the district’s chief financial officer, said the district was not capable of using the COVID-19 funding for salary increases for staff that weren’t originally funded by those allotments. 

“We have to start somewhere,” Justice said during the December board meeting, asking if it’s possible to start looking into making $17 an hour the minimum for teaching assistants. 

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