“That 1 percent for administrators is so much more than 1 percent for everybody else. I’m struggling with that.”
By Jacob Mathias
Following approval at the committee level, a 1 percent increase in base wages for non-represented school district employees in the 2013-14 school year now moves to the School Board for approval.
The Board meets on June 8.
Employees affected by the increase include administrators, at-will employees, clerical, educational assistants, food service and support services.
HR Director Florence Haley said upon Board approval, retroactive wages would be dispersed the week of July 6.
Should each administrator receive a raise, total costs to the district would total $120,578. The addition of the Teamsters and AFSCME wage increase brings the total to $201,330.
But Superintendent Weninger said five administrators were not on contract for the 2013-14 school year and would not receive the wage increase. Weninger didn’t immediately know the total savings.
Administrator contracts also give the superintendent the ability to disperse a pool of money, approved by the board, in the form of performance- based raises, but Weninger never exercised that option.
“None of the employees had received wage increases so I never brought anything forward. I never made any requests because it would have sent a terrible message,” said Weninger. “We always held back with the administrators.”
|Non-Represented Employee Groups||Total Wage Increase Per Group|
|Total Wage Increase: $120,578|
Board Member Trish Baker said she’d been contacted by people concerned that the 1 percent affects all the employees differently based on individual wages, giving higher paid district employees a larger total raise than those with a lower salary.
“When you’re talking about the administrators that are making anywhere from $80,000 to $120,000 a year, that 1 percent is well over $1,000,” Baker said. “That’s what they object to. That 1 percent for administrators is so much more than 1 percent for everybody else. I’m struggling with that. I think everybody deserves a raise. I think that everybody should have one. I think that a 1 percent raise is ridiculous.”
“Yes, they’re making a lot less and I understand that but they don’t have the same job either,” said Board Member Chris Scott. “There’s a difference in the job. There’s a difference in the accountability and responsibility.”
The Board previously approved a 1.5 percent increase for SPAEA members on May 21 for the 2012-13 school year. Negotiations for the 2013-14 contract have no yet begun.
The next School Board meeting will be held on June 8 at 6:30 PM.