By Jacob Mathias
The Stevens Point School Board on Monday approved a 1.0 percent base wage increase for non-represented district employees employed in the 2013-14 school year.
Employees affected by the increase include administrators, at-will employees, clerical, educational assistants, food service and support services.
HR Director Florence Haley said 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 next School Board meeting will be held on June 22 at 6:30 PM.