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Ellsworth School Board pay up; president’s more than expected

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What has become a routine part of annual meeting business for the Ellsworth School District wasn’t quite so routine Monday.

The approximately 20 meeting attendees were presented a proposal for school board members’ salaries to be set at $1,800 annually, including the board president’s, vice president’s, clerk’s, treasurer’s and other members’. But before a vote could be taken on this, one of three traditional resolutions facing voters yearly at the late August meeting, a change was proposed.

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There was a request from the audience to have the board president’s pay be higher than that for the rest of the members. The president’s responsibilities are greater than those of the six others, it was felt, so that position should be paid accordingly.

Superintendent Barry Cain explained this possibility was discussed by the board earlier this month, when it was decided to propose increasing the annual salaries from $1,300 to $1,800 now. A study of area districts had showed the Ellsworth board’s pay was lower in comparison, Cain said, and board members here opted for the $1,800 figure to be in line with the lowest of the others’, the Prescott district. There hadn’t been any change in the local board’s pay since 1997, he added.

At the August board meeting, a differentiation between salary levels for various board positions in one of the comparison districts was mentioned, the superintendent said. However, present Ellsworth Board President Rick Kornmann declined to accept higher pay for his position, when that idea was raised, saying he was doing the work for the love of education, not for the money.

Kornmann repeated that statement Monday. Yet, in response to an argument he would leave the presidency someday and his successor might feel differently, he had to admit this was true.

For more please read the August 28 print version of the Herald. 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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