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Janesvills schools pay raise issue postponed

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
July 22, 2010
— A Janesville School Board committee postponed action Wednesday on possible pay raises for administrators and other employees not represented by unions.

Superintendent Karen Schulte will bring a proposal to the personnel committee’s Aug. 24 meeting, said committee Chairwoman Peggy Sheridan.


Sheridan said she hoped the board could come to agreement with the teachers union by Aug. 24. The two sides are in mediation over their 2009-11 contract.


The approximately 100 nonrepresented staff members took a pay freeze for the 2009-10 school year. The group includes administrators other than Schulte, managers, coordinators, social workers, therapists, nurses, confidential secretaries and computer workers.


Sheridan said she believes the committee has not ruled out some kind of pay raise for the group.


Schulte noted that percentage increases in pay would mean bigger raises for those who make more money, creating a pay gap, so she suggested that a flat dollar amount be considered, Sheridan said.


In other business, the committee was told about a change in the approval process for new hires.


Until now, the school board has voted on new hires, and then those workers are introduced to the public and are able to make a statement, all at the same meeting.


In the future, the board will vote to approve or disapprove a hire, as required by state law, at one meeting, and the new hires won’t be introduced until the next board meeting.


The issue of internal and external candidates for administrative posts also came up at the committee meeting.


Forty-four administrators have been hired since 2001, the committee was told. Twenty of those were external, while 24 were internal, Sheridan said.



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