Quincy School Board approves pay raises for administrators

Posted: Nov. 21, 2012 12:06 am Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 1:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy School Board on Tuesday agreed to give administrators a 1 percent pay raise this year and additional raises ranging from 0 to 3 percent in 2013-14.

The flat 1 percent raise will be given to all administrators this year along with a $1,200 stipend to compensate for the time administrators spent getting evaluation training last summer. School Board President Bill Daniels said the training generally required at least 40 hours of time for each administrator.

Next year's raises, however, will be based on performance-based evaluations. Those evaluations will include a new student-growth component.

Under the compensation plan approved Tuesday, administrators who receive an "unsatisfactory" rating will get no raise next year, those receiving a "needs improvement" rating will get a 1 percent raise, those rated "proficient" will get 2 percent raises, and those with an "excellent" rating will earn 3 percent raises.

The measure passed 5-1, with board member Melvin "Bud" Niekamp voting no. Stephanie Erwin was absent.

Niekamp said he felt it was inappropriate to give raises to administrators when the district is trying to cut costs. He noted how the district recently stopped delivering packets of information to the homes of board members before meetings as a way to save money, so he finds it incongruous that the board now wants to give raises to administrators.

Board members Scott Stone and Steve Krause expressed some concern about locking in future raises when a newly developed five-year financial projection from Business Manager Joel Murphy indicates the district is in good shape financially now but might be in the red again within a couple of years.

Krause said if the district's financial situation turns "dire," he'd like to see the board have more leeway in not awarding any raises.

In other action, the board

º Agreed to meet in special session Nov. 29 to confer with officials from School Exec Connect, which is leading the search for a new superintendent. The board also might meet in closed session Dec. 1 to interview five or more candidates for the job.

º Authorized four new courses at Quincy High School and the Quincy Area Vocational-Technical Center: Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Placement 2-D Art, 3-D Modeling and Animation, and Computer Aided Manufacturing.

º Approved a Head Start quality-improvement plan for the Early Childhood and Family Education Center. Center Director Julie Schuckman said the center will be considered for a full-funding state grant next year that could restore service to 3-year-old students. But she said is no guarantee considering the state's ongoing inability to pay its bills in a timely manner.