Hudson School Board approves increases for administrators, some staff

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- The Board of Education approved a 2.75 percent salary increase for administrators and non represented staff by a 3-0 vote at its Aug. 11 meeting.

The one-year increase, affective Aug. 1, 2014, covers 22 administrators and 20 non-represented staff members.

The increase was not to the overall pay scale, but the employees within the scale, according to Superintendent Phil Herman.

"Both of these groups led the way to salary freezes in 2010," Herman said.

The groups saw a zero percent increase in the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2013-14 schools years. The groups did receive a 2 percent increase in the 2012-13 school year. The raises are based on a performance compensation component adopted in 2012.

"The two groups must meet at least a proficient on a four-point scale," Herman said. "I appreciate the contributions these employees have made to the district's success and I make this recommendation without reservation."

The increase was more than the 2.25 percent the Board approved July 29 for its teachers. The reason for the slight increase was that the teacher's contract also contains step raises, for increased education and longevity, which the administratrix and non-representative employees do not have, Herman said.

Board members James Field and Gary Mushock were excused from the meeting but both sent letters of support, which were read by Board President David Zuro.

"The administration and staff have earned this," Zuro read from Field's statement.

Field stated that the administration and employees have earned the increase through a variety of projects, including Common Core preparations and the installation of a district-wide software program. Field also said the increased were "reasonable" given the financial state of the economy and district.

Mushock agreed.

"This is a financially responsible and balanced approach to the continuation of a very successful school district," Zuro read from Mushock's statement.

Board member Steve DiMauro called the increase "an acknowledgement of performance."

"The district has performed very well and the these individuals have performed very well," DiMauro said.

The increases are commensurate with what comparable districts have given their staffs, DiMauro said.

Board member Patricia Engelman called the increases "well deserving."

According to Zuro the increases were an expression of "a job well done."

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