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Pay raises proposed at Blackhawk Tech

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
May 19, 2010
— Blackhawk Technical College is proposing to increase the pay of administrative staff by 2.92 percent in the coming fiscal year.

The BTC Board is scheduled to discuss the raises in closed session when it meets tonight. The board is scheduled to vote on the matter in open session.


In addition to the 2.92 percent base wage increase, some workers whose pay is below the midpoint of their salary range would receive a further increase, according to a memo in the board's agenda packet.


BTC Personnel Director Brian Gohlke did not respond Tuesday to a request for more information.


The raises would affect 71 employees and would cost $165,060 in the coming year, the memo states.


Last year at this time, 65 administrative employees received raises of 2.57 percent at a cost of $106,834.


The administration also is recommending a 3 percent raise for 232 part-time, non-teaching staff members at a cost of $25,631 for the year.


The preliminary BTC budget, also slated for approval tonight, calls for no increase in the local property tax levy. The levy would be $20.54 million.


The budget calls for an increase in operational spending of 5.7 percent, to $33.22 million.


The total budget would be $49.3 million. Decreasing costs from the current year include debt service and capital projects.


The board will be asked to approve the preliminary budget and to set a date for a public budget hearing.


The board's agenda Wednesday includes a number of other spending measures, including:


-- Authorizing borrowing for capital equipment and remodeling not to exceed $1.75 million. The borrowing does not need voter approval unless a petition for a referendum is filed within 30 days of publication.


-- Awarding of a contract for marketing services for $86,037 from Dream World Studios of Minneapolis.


-- Confirmation of the hiring of Donald Smith as dean of business and economic development, at a salary of $87,000. Smith, for the past nine years, has been manager of distance learning programs and support services at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.


-- Approval of a lease-with-option-to-buy agreement for an "infant human patient simulator," at a cost of $49,124. A grant would pay for the BabySIM Patient Simulator, which would complement the adult patient simulator BTC already owns.



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