School Board Approves Administrators’ Contract

Update: The Wolcott Whisper regretfully apologizes that key information in this article appears to be incorrect. The present administrators are currently at Step 4 in the pay scale. Thus, because there are only 4 step levels, they will only recieve the 0%-3.5%-3.5% salary schedule. If a new administrator were to come into the school system they would typically begin at step 1 (unless the BOE offers a higher step to entice a particularly desireable candidate). That candidate could then be eligible to move up each year (but eligibilty may not always translate into that move).

The Board of Education approved a three year contract with school administrators at their October 13th meeting. The contract was approved on a 7-0 vote. Mrs. Najarian and Mr. Mango were absent. The contract begins at the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, 2010 and runs through 2013. It awards school Principals, Vice Principals and the directors of special education and athletics a pay freeze in the first year, followed by 3.5% pay increases the following two years. This translates to raises of $6603 – $7661 over the course of the contract, depending upon the position.

In addition to 3.5% raises in the second and third year of the contract, if a new administrator were hired, they could receive pay grade increases. New administrators will be eligible to recieve step increases in each of the three years, including the first. Step increass are 3.2-5.0% depending upon the position and step grade. If a new administrator were hired, they could eventually earn a 19-23.6% by year 3 of their base pay depending upon the position.

For instance, according to the contract’s wage table, a starting Elementary School Principals could earn $101,359 base pay in the current fiscal year. All new employees under the contract are eligible for a step increase each year, including the first year when the salary increase is frozen. Thus, because an administrator moves from step one to step two, they will make $106,359 in the first year of the contract. The second year they can move to step three with a 3.5% increase in the previous year’s step three salary. As a result, they would earn $115,192. The third year would earn a 3.5% increase plus a step increase, and ultimately ean $125,292.

The net increase for a hypothetically new elementary school principals would be 23.6% or $23,612 over the three year contract. But keep in mind that our present elementary school principals will not be doing that. Because they are already at Step 4, their three year pay increase will be $8331.

In additon to this pay scale, administrators may also earn merit pay at the recomendation of the superintendant and approval of the Board of Education if these administrators meet certain goals. A few years ago only one administrator met these goals, yet most years most of them do. Longevity and educational degrees also earn extra bonuses.

The total cost of the contract- assuming all present personnel keep their same positions in three years and attain the fourth step in the contract, will be $268,273 $89770 more than today. That is an increase of about 22% 6.5% spread over three years.

For additional information, statistics from the National Bureau of Labor statistics:

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