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Janesville superintendent revises pay proposal for non-union staff

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
October 8, 2011
— Superintendent Karen Schulte has proposed an alternative to an earlier pay-raise proposal for non-union staff.

Schulte proposes a pay freeze for directors, principals, assistant principals, managers and coordinators. But if there is money left in the budget at the end of the fiscal year, the group would get a flat dollar increase of $690.


The remaining 53 non-union employees would receive the $690 increase immediately.


That increase amounts to a 1.5 percent increase for the group as a whole, Schulte wrote in a memo to the board Friday.


The school board will take up her proposal Tuesday.


Schulte last month proposed an increase of 3 percent in spending on these employees’ salaries, but the raises would not have been distributed evenly.


Schulte said she changed her proposal in light of a motion at the last board meeting to freeze pay for all the positions. The board ultimately postponed action.


Schulte also recommends $20,000 of discretionary money for the IT staff to upgrade their job classifications and $10,000 to reward exceptional performance by some administrators.


The discretionary money would come from savings from the vacant IT manager position, Schulte wrote in a memo to a board on Friday.


The total cost of the raises would be $72,747. Add $30,700 if the administrators receive those year-end increases.


The non-union workers are taking what amounts to a 5.8 percent cut in pay because they began paying for their share of their pension payments this year. They are the only group to do so.


The non-union employees include the highest-paid and some of the lowest-paid of district employees. It includes therapists, food-service workers, social workers, physical therapy aides, computer-support workers, confidential secretaries and interpreters.


All union employees are getting raises this year under contracts the board approved earlier.


On the agenda

The Janesville School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St. Agenda items include:


--The annual public hearing on the 2011-12 budget.


--A vote on whether to freeze pay for 110 non-union employees.


--Possible action on a plan to survey district residents about their preferences for raising property taxes next year.


--Presentation of the book that details district spending this school year.


--First reading of weapons policies revised to address the new concealed-carry law.


--Presentation of a survey of students that would be administered this fall. Questions would focus on diversity, safety, academics, extracurricular activities and 21st century learning.


The meeting will be telecast live on Janesville cable channels 96 and 993 and streamed live on the district’s website. A recording will be shown on cable at 3 a.m., 6 a.m., 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.



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