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      School board members want bigger stipend

      R.D. Harter with DCSS says school board members are considered 'public servants' and therefore do not get paid on a part or full time basis. / File

      Reverend James Bush, a member of the Dougherty County School Board, proposed to the other members yesterday that they request their stipends to be increased.

      Bush did research on 13 other school districts to find out what their stipend was and Dougherty County was the lowest at $250 a month. Coffee County was on the list and their members make $580 a month and only have 6,300 students whereas Dougherty has 16,000 students.

      R.D. Harter with DCSS says school board members are considered 'public servants' and therefore do not get paid on a part or full time basis; they receive this stipend as compensation for their work and their stipend hasn't been updated in a few years.

      Darrel Ealum also on the school board expressed his support for Bush's proposal.

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