Dothan City Schools looks to decrease overtime spending

The Dothan City School Board met for a work session to discuss overtime and job descriptions....
The Dothan City School Board met for a work session to discuss overtime and job descriptions. (Source: WTVY)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jan. 23, 2020 at 6:25 PM CST
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$250,000 - that's how much Dothan City Schools paid in overtime last year.

Overtime has been an issue in the system for years, so the board is considering a way to manage it.

The U.S. Labor Department recently changed the Fair Labor Standards Act, which has given the school board even more reason to assess the issue.

The rule used to be, if you made more than $23,000, you could be exempt from overtime, regardless of what your job required.

Now, that number is $35,000.

That means more positions could be eligible for overtime unless the school board reconsiders what those positions do.

At a work session Thursday while the Board was determining which positions would be exempt from overtime, it decided to take a look at job descriptions.

Many of those job descriptions haven't been updated since the 1990s, and some of them had become a little outdated.

In the process, they consolidated some positions.

For example, electronics technicians over initiative systems, electronic technicians over security systems and network systems administrators will all now be called, simply, technology specialists.

There were also a few new positions that were created and old positions that were eliminated during the proposed audit.

Regardless of a position getting re-named, or created or consolidated, the change won't result in any pay cuts or lay-offs.

It would only affect the positions' eligibility for overtime.

The board didn't take any action on the proposed audit.

It will be voted on at the next board meeting on Monday, January 27.