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Crossing guard resigns, school district to review pay policies

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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

Hanover County school officials are reviewing the district's policies regarding pay for all of its employees. This moves comes after a Board of Supervisor just stepped down from his high paid position as a school crossing guard.

What if we told you a Hanover crossing guard has the potential to make significantly more money than a county sheriff's deputy? That's because the county has a strict pay ceiling in place for its employees but when it comes to the school district, that's not the case.

NBC12 got a hold of the numbers. A sheriff's deputy recruit in Hanover can't make less than $18 an hour or more than $31 per the county's compensation plan.

"{It's} to ensure that we are fair and equitable in the way we approach compensation to the various employees," said County Administrator Rhu Harris.

That range for a deputy falls well below the $41 an hour former crossing guard and current Board of Supervisor Elton Wade took home before he resigned last week, following our interview questioning his position.

"I'd rather see a teacher get that amount of money being that they're more deserving or a firefighter or a police officer," said concerned resident Andre Marrow.

Now, amid the controversy, the school district says its reviewing pay policies for all of its employees.

"I think this is something that had not been raised an issue in priority," said School Board Vice-Chair Glenn Millican.

He says the board is committed to review and make changes.

"How soon do you think we could see some revisions here?" we asked.

"I would hope that it would be soon," he responded.

Wade will keep his position on the Board of Supervisors with the authority to appoint school board members.

"I don't think he needed to be getting paid $40 an hour. It's one of those things where you can kind of do it on your own time to help out the community," said concerned resident Morgan Childress.

"Now is an opportune time for us to review pay grades and to make appropriate adjustments across the board," added outgoing School Board member Robert Wood.

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