Archive for Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Raise OK’d for classified workers

Pay hike averages 75 cents; negotiations still under way with teachers

August 10, 2005

After meeting in executive session at Monday night's school board meeting, board member Kay Smith made a motion to approve the classified salaries for the upcoming school year "as recommended and amended."

The motion, which did not include any numbers or other information, carried by a 6-0 vote.

After the meeting, Tonganoxie school Superintendent Richard Erickson declined to release the amount of the classified salaries that the board had approved.

And on Tuesday board member Bob DeHoff also declined to provide specifics on the amount that board members approved.

"I'm not sure what the percentage was," said DeHoff, who didn't have his notes with him at the time of the Tuesday phone call. "I would have to look at the numbers."

Another board member, Darlyn Hansen, was reached Tuesday. Hansen, who also was not near his notes, said he couldn't remember the exact amount the board approved, but gave an estimate.

"It may have been 75 cents an hour, but I don't remember exactly," Hansen said.

Hansen said classified employees, who are paid on an hourly basis, typically receive about the same raise, based on recommendations from the superintendent.

Smith said Tuesday that classified employees received an hourly increase of 75 cents.

At Monday night's board meeting, Smith also made a motion to approve administrators' salaries "as recommended and amended." The motion carried 6-0.

Board members said they didn't have that salary information, and Smith said didn't think she could release that information. Erickson was in court Tuesday.

The board has not yet reached an agreement regarding teachers' salaries.

Janet Burnett, spokesperson for the Tonganoxie Education Association, said a negotiation session will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the junior high library, the night before school starts.

Burnett said the teachers will meet with Erickson and board members.

Burnett noted that in July the Legislature increased the amount of state aid that school districts would receive.

"They (the school board) came up with the same amount of money as they had offered before the Legislature was ordered to put new money into the school districts," Burnett said. "What we're waiting for this time, for Monday night, is that there will be a change in the amount that they offer us."

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