Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) -
A change in the pay schedule at Sumter County Schools has teachers questioning if they're getting shortchanged. Paychecks are already being corrected this week to reflect the step increase the district withheld but the state mandated.
District officials assured us while teachers' pay is behind, they're being paid correctly.
"It creates a distraction from what needs to be the focus and that's the students," said Roger Smith, executive director of the state Education Association.
Administrators asked the state school board about the issue, but was denied a waiver that would have prevented raises, so this Friday, teachers will finally get that increase, plus retro pay.
"We can ensure that they receive their full pay and we can also, help the teachers if they have any questions or any kind of concerns," said Smith.
Teachers again emailed the Education Association over the weekend when their pay schedule was suddenly revised.
"There have been some trying times inside the district that creates an atmosphere or environment where people feel they have to verify their information," said Smith.
When we questioned administrators, we were told the schedule was actually two years behind. It was never adjusted to fix the lack of a step increase in 2011-2012 and it was never adjusted to correlate years of experience to actual salary. They admit, salaries are still one year behind, but now include the 2-percent increase given by the legislature. The Education Association says they'll watch the situation carefully.
"We have staff assigned to monitor this," said Smith. "We actually have staff that live in Sumter that are working directly with this."
Superintendent Dr. Randolph Bynam now says earlier statements to the state board that he maybe forced to lay off teachers, wouldn't be done midyear.
Despite the superintendent's best efforts, he says the district will likely end the year in a deficit.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>