Margaretta Schools hike pay for non-union staff

Margaretta Schools’ nonunionized staff members received pay increases Monday for the first time in four years.
Alissa Widman Neese
Nov 19, 2013
About two months after approving similar increases for teachers, board members approved 1 percent base salary increases for administrators, supervisors, secretaries and central office personnel.

The staff members — not including the district’s superintendent or treasurer — will see the increases each year for the next three years. The raises end a pay freeze initiated in the 2009-10 school year as Margaretta Schools pursued a tax levy to stabilize its budget.

The vote Monday was 3-1, with fifth board member Elmer Lippert abstaining from the vote and Kelly Kelble voting against it.

”I cannot justify giving raises over a three-year period when our five-year forecast predicts we will be in the red in 2016 and the school district will need to ask the taxpayers for more money,” Kelble said. “Our school is facing major building improvements that are not even reflected in the forecast.”

The increases are already factored into the district’s most recent five-year financial forecast, which projects a surplus in the current school year and enough reserve cash to carry Margaretta Schools until the 2017-18 school year. Its budget is about $13 million a year.

All staff members agreed to contribute more to their health insurance plans this year, more or less offsetting the cost of the pay increases, treasurer Jude Hammond said.

The district has no plans to pursue any additional tax levies at this time, he said.

“The biggest challenge in our forecast in years four and five has more to do with the state budget, and hopefully we’ll get some help there,” Hammond told Kelble during the meeting. “We believe going four years without raises is very difficult for our staff, yet at the same time, our staff still championed providing a quality education for our kids.”

Administrators did not ask board members Monday to approve a previously discussed plan to offer incentive-based bonuses to administrators and supervisors. Administrators and board members had reviewed the idea at previous meetings.

Some community members had spoken out against the proposal, which could have tacked on an additional $150 to an administrator’s salary for every “A” Margaretta Schools received on its state report card this year, according to district emails.

Also at the meeting, Townsend Community School director Pete Bartkowiak updated board members on his discussions with architects designing building projects for the charter school. Margaretta Schools is its sponsor district.

Board members changed the time of the meeting to 5:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. because of a school-related function that evening.

Comments

4-wheeler al

that's why we need national health care.

Doug7880

Now tell us how much you will be asking us to raise our taxes because you need money for the kids. Some old tricks.

Doug7880

Oh I get it. You (the old school board) will just make the new members look bad. They will need to ask for the new money. And great job Elmer you gave you wife a raise NICE of you to wait for the elections to be over.

bondgirlM

this is exactly why I will NOT vote for a levy. I have not received a raise in 7 years. Get over it the economy is trash and you are all just as lucky as I am to have a job. GEEZ!!!

Slacker

Doug and Bond,

Did you two miss the part in the article that mentioned that the same employees that will receive this raise also agreed to pay more for their insurance thus making the two issues a virtual wash?

bondgirlM

So what I am paying more for my insurance with no raise. Yeah I got it!

bigsexy

Slacker, I bet the answer is no they did not read that. They read the headline and immediately went into a rant about how they did not receive a pay raise in the last 7 years!!!

bondgirlM

Obviously I did read it. Where do you work within the school system?

Doug7880

Slacker and bigsexy. Yes I did but I have had my insurance increase for years with NO increase in pay. I have to deal with it. Just because your insurance increases don't say you need a raise. As people say we should be happy to have a job so should they. OOPS GAS WENT UP I NEED A RAISE

Ithink

The article doesn't address how Kurt and Hammond pulled Rankin into their offices the Friday before the vote and 'talked him into seeing things their way'.

Informed

I don't get people sometimes. So because they are in a sucky situation and haven't had a raise in seven years, no one else should either? I call that jealousy.

bondgirlM

No it' s called reality of the times and economy in which we now live. And if you are so "informed" can you explain to me why in the world would secretaries get a raise because students tested well? What in the world was their influence on that????

Doug7880

Ithink... Rankin is out soon. This is why. No backbone to stand up for himself. He just will not stand up for what he knows is right. I am glad he is off of the board.
Informed...not jealousy just know that they can't ask for more money when you spend the way that they do. You know they are going to ask for another levy SOON. Perkins schools had vote no signs just wait soon you will see them around here. It's almost time to combine this school with others in the area SOON.

Ithink

That's why they went after him and his vote. They knew Kelble was going to go against it, and Lippert had to abstain because of his wife. I wish they would have just answered the question, "What did the head of the bus garage, or secretaries at the BOE contribute to our kids doing well on tests?" Hope the new members coming in have the same backbone Kelble does. Otherwise, our schools will be history within the next 5-10 yrs.

Ithink

That's why they went after him and his vote. They knew Kelble was going to go against it, and Lippert had to abstain because of his wife. I wish they would have just answered the question, "What did the head of the bus garage, or secretaries at the BOE contribute to our kids doing well on tests?" Hope the new members coming in have the same backbone Kelble does. Otherwise, our schools will be history within the next 5-10 yrs.

Informed

Well Doug, I would acknowledge that as a rational reason, except bondgirl did not say that.

Doug7880

I have just had it with the good ole boys. It's time to change things. If the new members are the same as the others, in my mind there is only one other path. That is just a sad road

bondgirlM

Lippert should have been the one to exit the board he should step down due to nepotism.