USD 348 school board approves salary raises
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.”