December 22, 2014

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Buckeye drafts salary schedule for administrators

YORK TWP. — The Buckeye Local School District will have a salary schedule in place for administrators and supervisors effective Aug. 1.
The schedule proposal, which the school board approved 4-1 on June 19, is a 10-step salary range, or index, Superintendent Craig Bailey said.
Bailey and Treasurer Carolyn Weglewski put the schedule together within the past year, he said.
Bailey said the district had a salary index for its employees many years ago, but a previous school board rescinded it.
The task of what to pay employees fell to the treasurer and the superintendent, with a board vote on any recommendations, Bailey said. However, this caused more discrepancies than agreements over the years, he said, which is what inspired the salary index.
“Most other districts, I will tell you, do have salary indexes for administrators as well as supervisors …,” said Bailey, who listed Highland and Green school districts as examples. “Our salaries have dropped significantly behind (our) peers in some areas.”
Bailey said the index is based on the nature of the job, length of the contract and is in relation to peers in other similar districts, such as Cloverleaf, Black River and Highland.
“(The index) has a range from rookie administrators to someone with a lot of experience,” he said.
While the board approved the schedule with the existing salary numbers, it is still open to tweaking until July, board President Gary Horton said.
“We can adjust it, pull it apart, talk about it and see how it fits,” Horton told board members.
Weglewski added the June 19 vote was primarily to get the ball rolling, get the model in and the process started.
Board member Kenneth Barco said the reason he voted against the proposal is because there is still an upcoming informational meeting about the index and he wanted all the details understood before he voted for it.
However, the majority accepted the schedule and employee placement will be determined during the July board meeting, Bailey said.
The Buckeye Administrative Salary Schedule at present, ranging from lowest to highest step, is:
o Superintendent — $93,500-$130,900
o Treasurer — $82,500-$115,500
o High school principal — $89,000-$124,600
o High school assistant principal — $68,000-$95,200
o Junior high principal — $71,000-$99,400
o Elementary principal — $70,000-$98,000
o Special education director — $70,000-$98,000
o Technology resource coordinator — $52,000-$72,800
o Technology coordinator — $60,000-$84,000
Following are Buckeye administrative salaries compared with some recent base salaries from local school districts used in determining the salary schedule:
Buckeye

o Superintendent — Dennis Honkala hired in at $93,500 (he will replace Bailey on July 1)
o Treasurer — $76,000
o High school principal — Michael J. Bradley hired in at $89,000 (he also assumes his duties July 1)
o High school assistant principal — $70,170 (position presently vacant)
o Junior high principal — $74,740
o Elementary principals — $67,670; Larry Taylor hired in at $70,000
o Special education director — $66,660
o Teachers’ starting pay with recent pay increase — $31,052
Cloverleaf

o Superintendent — $99,936 (also receives a bonus)
o Treasurer — $70,000
o High school principal — $92,075
o High school assistant principal — $66,049
o Junior high principal — $90,032
o Elementary principals — $65,500, $70,651 and $66,237
o Special services director — $70,655
o Teachers’ average starting pay — $40,000
Note: The school district does not have a salary index
Highland

o Superintendent — $128,048
o Treasurer — $97,785
o High school principal — $91,500
o High school assistant principal — $87,825
o Junior high principal — $90,375
o Elementary principals — $87,359, $84,194 and $75,614
o Special education director — $95,781
o Teachers’ starting pay with recent 4 percent increase — $33,433 (will be getting an additional 2 percent increase in the fall and a 0.9 percent increase in January)
Note: Highland has a salary index
Black River

o Superintendent — $85,000
o Treasurer — $70,000
o Unit one (9-10 grade), high school principal — $69,479
o Unit two (11-12 grade), high school principal — $74,463
o Junior high principal — $73,372
o Elementary principal — $70,946
o Special education director is contracted through the Tri-County Education Service Center
o Teachers’ starting pay for the 2007-08 year is $31,822
Note: The school district does not have a salary index, but administrators receive merit bonuses.