SCBOE approves raise for superintendent

The Shelby County Board of Education approved a 5 percent raise for Superintedent Randy Fuller during their June 26 meeting. (File)

The Shelby County Board of Education approved a 5 percent raise for Superintedent Randy Fuller during their June 26 meeting. (File)

By GINNY COOPER MCCARLEY / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA—Shelby County School District Superintendent Randy Fuller’s salary will increase 5 percent following a 3-1 vote by the Shelby County Board of Education during their June 26 meeting.

Board member Jimmy Bice made a motion to table the discussion about the raise until a later date, citing a “misunderstanding,” but the motion to table the discussion failed to obtain a second. Board members Peg Hill, Steve Martin and Board President Aubrey Miller all voted to approve the new salary. Jimmy Bice voted against the motion.

Fuller will begin his third term in January 2015. By law, the salary for the elected superintendents must be fixed prior to the beginning of the term of office. Fuller’s salary will increase from $167,688 to $176,073.

In setting the salary, the Board of Education “researched and compared Fuller’s current salary to those of other superintendents in the surrounding metro-Birmingham area and other areas of the state,” according to a press release from the school district.

The board also compared Fuller’s salary to the salaries of other superintendents in similar-sized districts, according to the release.

Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Craig Witherspoon earns an annual salary of $202,155. Pelham City Schools approved a four-year contract for Superintendent Scott Coefield with a salary of $180,000 during a meeting on April 22.