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Pay proposal goes to Janesville School Board

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
September 21, 2011
— A Janesville School Board committee did not vote Tuesday on a pay-raise proposal, but it did ask for more information for the full board to consider.

Superintendent Karen Schulte said the as-yet unapproved district budget includes a 2 percent increase for the 113 staff members who are not represented by unions.


Schulte said that figure was just a "placeholder" budget assumption. She is asking for 3 percent.


Kristin Hesselbacher, chairwoman of the board's personnel committee, steered the group away from delving deeply into the proposal.


"I completely expect the full board to rehash this next Tuesday," Hesselbacher said.


Six of the nine board members attended the meeting. They followed Hesselbacher's lead, for the most part.


The nonrepresented group includes all the district's administrators except Schulte. It also comprises a wide range of other employees, including food service workers, social workers, physical therapy aides, computer-support workers confidential secretaries and interpreters.


Many in this group have no defined hours and work weekends and evenings, Schulte said.


Committee members asked for pay data for each position going back an unspecified number of years, the Consumer Price Index changes for those years and salaries for the same positions in school districts of similar size.


Kevin Murray said he'd like to decide the issue on the basis of fairness for all employees, but he wondered how many years of data to look at to determine what is fair.


The board approved pay raises for the district's unionized workers months ago. The nonrepresented employees are the only workers paying 5.8 percent of salary for their pensions.


Lori Stottler said she'd also like to see what the Janesville city manager and Rock County administrator propose for their administrative staff, "but I'm pretty sure it's not going to be increases."



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