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Employee compensation, wages approved by Ellsworth School Board

Employee compensation recommendations from the personnel committee were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday.

A two percent wage increase, with years of experience steps also allowed, was awarded to the following employee groups: bus drivers, aides, custodians/maintenance, food service workers, secretaries, and co-curricular coaches and positions.

For teachers, board members proceeded with a two percent base wage increase, a starting base wage increase from $35,000 to $37,000, the remainder of the teaching staff to receive an estimated $719, teachers who are placed on the base wage schedule for years of experience two through 10 receiving another $500 in supplemental pay not to be added to the base wage schedule and a 2.38 percent overall increase.

Other employee group recommendations authorized included bus drivers having extracurricular route pay increased from $10.25 to $13 per hour and aides getting the ability to carry over one personal day per year.

A list of individual employee contracts and work agreements approved showed: mechanic, salary of $44,871 (two percent), buildings and grounds/safety director/transportation, salary of $58,387 (two percent plus safety director added to position), athletic/pool director, salary of $50,092 (2.5 percent), FFA advisor position, salary of $3,000 (added position), central office administrative assistant, salary of $43,000 (5.15 percent), human resource specialist—payroll bookkeeper, salary of $43,000 (2.87 percent) and business—finance specialist, salary of $50,600 (2.87 percent).

Board Member Susan Langer of the committee said members were mindful in their recommendations of achieving more alignment and more equitability to keep and attract quality educators. Board Member Dan Kaler clarified this wasn’t a negotiating process, though meeting and conferring were part of it. And Superintendent Barry Cain said technology positions and building level administrative positions weren’t included.

For more please read the August 13 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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