Stafford MSD to Increase Salary 3%… Or More
By Karen Daniels
At the June school board meeting, SMSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to increase salaries for all district staff by 3%, though much of the discussion was about doing more for teachers and staff. Health insurance rates are rising, and though the hard numbers haven’t been released by TRS yet, school districts are bracing for a 10-15% increase. This increase has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. Those figures will go into effect next year.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic explained that other models were reviewed. A 4% increase would cost this District $740K; and a $50K minimum salary with increase would cost $1M. In an effort to balance the budget instead of running a deficit budget—which is what the Board has asked for—this is the recommendation from Dr. Bostic that is “appropriate with competitiveness.”
Trustee Auturo Jackson has made known at past meetings of his interest in teacher retention. He said the solution is “two-fold.” Keeping track of rising health care and increasing salary. He refers to 3% as “keeping up.” Trustee Jackson asked if it were possible to cut $200K somewhere else in the budget. At this meeting, Dr. Bostic had been on the job for 29 days, and hasn’t “had enough time to properly revue” the salary. Trustee Rodney Butler was “not completely satisfied with 3%, but wants to take care of the teachers.” President Ettienne Zak said, “If it can be tweaked later, at least teachers will know that they have 3% coming.”
Trustee Virginia Rosas made the suggestion to order a “salary structure survey” which was listed later in the agenda. The last revue of salary for SMSD was conducted in 2003. A new survey study will cost the district $15K. A motion to approve this with funds from the 2011 bond money also passed unanimously.
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