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Union Co. school officials see five-figure raises

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Social media has been buzzing this week after a number of Union County Public School officials received five-figure raises on Tuesday.

The raises were approved by the Board of Education.

Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis will see a $12,000 annual raise, pushing her salary to $202,000*. Deputy Superintendent Mike Webb will see a $10,000 raise to bump his salary to $143,500. General Counsel Michelle Morris will see a $10,000 raise to push her salary to $165,000. Two other cabinet members of Ellis received increases of $7,500 and one received a $1,000 raise.

The $48,000 in raises is a 5.6 percent increase, which is less than the state average teacher raise.

U.C.P.S. reported today that its graduation rate has risen to 92.6 percent (compared to 90.8 percent in 2013). The state average is 83.8 percent.

Dr. Ellis is the regional superintendent of the year -- and in the running for the state award.

Still, many still upset with school redistricting that took place this fall, shifting thousands of students, are unhappy with the raises.

"I'm accustomed to people getting raises for good performance and this has been the most turbulent school year in recent memory of virtually everyone in Union County," parent Sam McNeil said.

Dr. Ellis' $190,000 salary does, however, fall in line with many salaries of her similar superintendents. Cabarrus County's superintendent makes more than $183,000 and Gaston County's makes $180,000. The much larger Charlotte-Mecklenburg makes around $290,000 annually.

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