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Some Upset Over Pay Increases For Spokane School Administrators

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Hundreds flood the Spokane Public Schools Board meeting Wednesday night angry with board members' decision to approve pay increases for school principals and administrators.

The Spokane Education Association President Jenny Rose expressed her no-confidence in the school district on behalf of the Spokane Education Association Executive Board. She claims that recently the school board approved a 3 to 5% salary increase for school administrators and principals when teachers and other SEA members didn't.

" In these hard economic times Spokane Education Association members along with community members are working hard to make ends meet, cutting back and making choices they don't want to make, while you deliberately made the decision to increase the pay of principals and administrators. This increase jeopardizes the partnership we once had," said Rose.

Dr. Staci Vesneske, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, talking about administrative salary schedules said "We recognize that there are diverse viewpoints with regard to administrative salaries. This year, while we did make adjustments to the administrative schedules, it was important to note that we also allocated $1 million to the SEA bargaining re-opener last November, and we will be bargaining the re-opener with them again this November," said Vesneske.

The school district explains that there was not an across the board increase of 3%, but those in the middle of a schedule had a regular "step increase" as they normally would. The school administrators and principals had not stepped since 2004, and it was there turn for an additional step.

The total increase was .07% or approximately $230,000, of the total budget which is roughly 300 million dollars.

The School district also claims that the amount the district spends on administration is going down, while the amount it is spending on instruction is going up.

According to the school district, 1300 bargaining unit members also received pay increases this year. 180 teachers saw an increase of 3%; 61 of those teachers received an 8% increase or more.

But SEA President Jenny Rose says teachers are still under paid , over-worked and deserve more. "The morale of hard-working employees in this school district is dismal. People are feeling over-worked with district mandates, over used, and not being recognized for the job they are doing." Talking to the board she adds, "it appears that you are willing to put greed of the few above the needs of many."

 

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