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School employees ask for pay raises

Monday, November 21, 2005

Last week, amid budget cuts, the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees listened to recommendations for some groups of employees to receive wage increases at the Nov. 16 special session.

Board president Steven Grigsby said the board wanted to support employees of the corporation for their dedication, service and patience over the years of waiting for salary increases, but the current budget crisis would limit the board's ability to do that.

"We've promised money in the past that we just don't have anymore," board member Len Fischer said. "It snowballed out-of-control once before and we can't let it happen again."

At the board's request, Superintendent William Schad, Business Manager/ Treasurer Randy Burns and AssistantSuperintendent/ Title One Director Mike Mogan organized information for the board, taking into consideration the current budget crisis.

During the discussion, Burns told the board that different wage levels and classifications of the various staff members made it difficult to schedule individual flat dollar amounts.

The following wage increases were proposed for employees, some who have gone without raises for at least five years, with some more than 10 years:

-Adminstrative staff

Adminstrative members were recommended to receive not less than one-half of 1 percent but no more than a 1 percent wage increase.

"A 1 percent wage increase will add up to a considerable amount, and I think you'll be going in the wrong direction," Schad told the board. "I don't think the board can afford a 1 percent salary increase now or next year."

If the increase is accepted by the board for administrative staff, Schad requested that his salary not be included.

-Classified staff

It was recommended that classified staff, which includes non-teaching personnel at building levels, to receive an increase of a flat rate of 20 cents per hour.

Some employees affected by this recomendation include instructional assistants, cooks, custodians and office personnel.

-Bus drivers

An increase of a flat $1.40 daily rate was recommended by the administration for bus drivers, when they originally requested a 2 percent to 3 percent increase.

Members of the Bus Drivers Association were disappointed that the board was apparently not aware of items previously presented to the board in a benefit package the bus drivers created.

A second plan was given to the board by the group for further consideration.

Transportation Director Frank Misner said the school corporation has difficulty locating substitute bus drivers willing to work for the amount of money offered by the corporation. By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

Last week, amid budget cuts, the Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees listened to recommendations for some groups of employees to receive wage increases at the Nov. 16 special session.

Board president Steven Grigsby said the board wanted to support employees of the corporation for their dedication, service and patience over the years of waiting for salary increases, but the current budget crisis would limit the board's ability to do that.

"We've promised money in the past that we just don't have anymore," board member Len Fischer said. "It snowballed out-of-control once before and we can't let it happen again."

At the board's request, Superintendent William Schad, Business Manager/ Treasurer Randy Burns and AssistantSuperintendent/ Title One Director Mike Mogan organized information for the board, taking into consideration the current budget crisis.

During the discussion, Burns told the board that different wage levels and classifications of the various staff members made it difficult to schedule individual flat dollar amounts.

The following wage increases were proposed for employees, some who have gone without raises for at least five years, with some more than 10 years:

-Adminstrative staff

Adminstrative members were recommended to receive not less than one-half of 1 percent but no more than a 1 percent wage increase.

"A 1 percent wage increase will add up to a considerable amount, and I think you'll be going in the wrong direction," Schad told the board. "I don't think the board can afford a 1 percent salary increase now or next year."

If the increase is accepted by the board for administrative staff, Schad requested that his salary not be included.

-Classified staff

It was recommended that classified staff, which includes non-teaching personnel at building levels, to receive an increase of a flat rate of 20 cents per hour.

Some employees affected by this recomendation include instructional assistants, cooks, custodians and office personnel.

-Bus drivers

An increase of a flat $1.40 daily rate was recommended by the administration for bus drivers, when they originally requested a 2 percent to 3 percent increase.

Members of the Bus Drivers Association were disappointed that the board was apparently not aware of items previously presented to the board in a benefit package the bus drivers created.

A second plan was given to the board by the group for further consideration.

Transportation Director Frank Misner said the school corporation has difficulty locating substitute bus drivers willing to work for the amount of money offered by the corporation.

Substitute drivers are paid $50 a day which includes a morning and an afternoon trip.

"We always have trouble finding subs," he said. "Who wants to get up at 6 a.m. to find that little girl waiting in the snow for the bus?"

Board member Terry Barr echoed the board's sentiments about the bus personnel when she said, "I have the utmost respect for them. Anyone that has ever driven a van with more than three children in the back would have to feel the same way."

An increase of 25 cents per hour for driver trip pay was also recommended. Trip pay is paid from the extra-curricular accounts of the group sponsoring a trip, such as field trips and sporting activities.

While Grigsby questioned whether to raise the amount because of increased cost to students, board members Joe Thomas and Terry Barr suggested parents might prefer paying a flat trip fee instead of having their children doing numerous fund-raising projects throughout the year.

"Parents might prefer paying a flat $5 for a field trip rather than having their child participate in a fundraiser that might only make the same amount," Thomas said.

Misner also told the board that Clay County is behind other counties when it comes to paying bus drivers trip pay.

"Next door (in Vigo County) it's $11," he said of the $8 per trip that drivers have been paid locally for the last four years.

A conversation about whether the board was giving the employees raises, bonuses or stipends was not settled at the meeting. The board requested that the administration research the proper terminology to describe the actions concerning the increases and how each term would affect the future budget.

The information will be presented as an agenda item at the Dec. 8 school board meeting before a vote is taken.



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