WH School Board adjusts salary schedules

The White Hall School District’s salary schedules for certified and classified personnel were adjusted Tuesday night in a unanimous school board vote.

Superintendent Larry Smith said an analysis of yearly budgets and expenditures is done annually to determine if funds are available to adjust salary schedules so as to ensure that White Hall’s salaries and benefits are comparable to those of other area districts. The recommended increases were previously approved 134-1 by classified staff members and 154-0 by certified staffers.

“The cost to the district of the proposed adjustments is approximately $133,543.77 for the current year,” Smith told the board. “The additional steps that would be added to the classified salary schedule would be approximately $26,000 each year moving forward. I believe this will keep us well within our budget.”

In recommending approval of the adjustments to the 2013-14 schedules, Smith said modifications for classified staffers would “be added over the next three years to allow the classified scale to move to 10 steps.”

Smith stressed that the adjustments were to be retroactive to July 1, 2013, and only to those employees under contract as of March 18, 2014.

While the step system will be utilized with grade designations, certified adjustments will be based on degree statuses and years of experience as a professional educator. Most of the certified increases will be for a few hundred dollars. Smith’s annual salary adjustment was $980.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted a low bid of $17,614.86 — including tax — on a pair of new, 60-inch commercial mowers. Payment is to be made from the district’s building fund. Smith said the district’s two present mowers have been worn out in maintaining a substantial number of acres of district property; and

• Approved a change in the amount the district contributes to employees’ monthly insurance costs effective July 1, 2014, at an annual cost to the district of roughly $27,000.