Archive for Thursday, December 1, 2011

USD 348 school board approves salary raises

December 1, 2011

USD 348 teachers and staff members will be receiving their first major salary raise just in time for Christmas.

Earlier this month, the school board approved the ratified negotiated agreement, which gave the teachers an increase on the pay scale. On Monday, the school board also voted to give raises to classified, salaried full-time and part-time staff members. All of those raises will show on their December pay checks.

“This happened at a good time,” said Mike Curran, lead teacher negotiator. “It will show on our December checks, which will help everybody around the holidays.”

The school board met in a special meeting at the beginning of the month to vote on the ratified agreement. The approved agreement removed the lowest paying step and added a step at the bottom of the pay scale.

It also moved all teachers down one step on the scale, which is an increase in the salary schedule. It also increased the salary base from $32,500 to $33,225. Another part of it increased the supplemental base for coaches, sponsor and others who take on additional duties.

“That will help the district because it gives us a better entry point for incoming teachers when we get to the point we are ready to hire new teachers,” Curran said. “It's been a couple years since we've had a permanent raise,” Curran said. “It's nice to get a permanent raise.

“It's nice to do it early in the year,” he said. “The last several years, we've waited until May to settle on the current year. That's not good for anybody.”

The agreement voted on Monday had several aspects. The board approved to give hourly classified one step down and an additional step added to their pay scale. Salaried full-time staff will be given an increase of $1,237.00. Part time salaried staff will be prorated based on their hours for a total package cost of $50,455.

The board felt it was a priority,” Superintendent Paul Dorathy said. “The staff haven't been given a raise in years and they felt this district's base pya was getting too far behind other districts around us. They made it a priority, made it happen and found a way to fund it.

“The board is using money that we have on a temporary basis,” he said. “Down the road, the board will have financial decisions on the budget. They have two years to make the decision. In order to afford this, they will have to make budget decision, which might include reallocations and possibly cuts.”


hyperinflate 6 years, 6 months ago

“The board is using money that we have on a temporary basis,”

Please, Jimmy, enlighten us as to the source of this "temporary" money.


hyperinflate 6 years, 6 months ago

C'mon, Jimmy. I'm serious. Your readers want and deserve to know this information.

You know, if Kermit/greyghost/truebulldog was still at the helm there at your fine paper he would have included such information.


greyghost 6 years, 6 months ago

Easy there, big dawg. I think you might be onto something with Kermie, but I have absolutely not ties to that paper. Thanks.


BaldwinDad 6 years, 6 months ago

Technically isn't all the money the Federal Reserve creates out of nothing Temporary money.

Also what happened with the close to half a million we are saving from closing Marion and Vinland??


Torch 6 years, 6 months ago

No lack of teachers out there looking for jobs. The baseline salary isn't relevant.


501gdm2 6 years, 6 months ago

It's good as mentioned in the article that they will have extra money for Dec and Xmas! But has anyone thought about the seniors in our are which are fighting higher prices on food and etc. just to survive and no pay increse for 3 years! It's good to be a public employee and not of the private sector these days.


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