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July 9, 2014

Eastern approves $50,000 in raises

Money goes to administrators and non-certified staff members

GREENTOWN – Eastern Howard School Corp. administrators and non-certified staff will see a boost in pay going into the 2014-15 school year after the board of education approved raises Tuesday.

The raises will take an extra $50,000 from the corporation’s general fund. Principals will receive an extra $2,500 each, assistant principals will get a $2,000 raise and directors of special education, technology, maintenance and guidance will each receive an extra $1,500.

Non-certified staff will receive a $350 stipend, and all employees will make at least $10.10 an hour; the exception is bus drivers, who will receive an additional $2.25 per day. Non-certified employees who already made more than $10 an hour will receive a 25-cent per hour increase.

Superintendent Tracy Caddell pointed out that all the administrators receiving a raise were rated “highly effective” or “effective” on their last evaluation. Caddell’s contract is negotiated separately, per state law, and the teachers’ union is continuing its own contract negotiations.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board finalized a transfer of $45,000 from the corporation’s rainy day fund to its Capital Projects Fund to cover the cost of asbestos abatement at both school buildings and repairs to parking lots and curbs. Almost $300,000 will be left in the rainy day fund after the transfer.

The board also heard a request from senior class officers to allow an open lunch period this coming school year. While Caddell and some board members expressed concerns about the liabilities of having seniors leave campus during lunch, they granted permission.

“This privilege is debated frequently. We’re kind of right on the edge of doing it,” said vice president Mark Lantz. “Your participation in ensuring the rules are followed and that safety is our No. 1 concern will be beneficial in keeping it.”

Caddell noted there is the possibility of closing lunch time during the winter when weather conditions make it too dangerous for seniors to drive during the day.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in the Administration Building.

Education reporter Lauren Fitch can be reached at 765-454-8587, by email at lauren.fitch@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @LaurenBFitch.

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