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Monday, February 19, 2018

UPDATES FROM PRINT EDITION: Dawson County School Administrator's Pay adjusted

By Vicki Viall and Jamie Ausk Crisafulli

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Most school administrators will receive their first raise in several years, following action by the Glendive Unified School Board Monday.

After two to three years of no raises for most administrators, the Labor Committee brought its recommendations for adjustments. 

The committee was determined to bring Glendive schools more in line with other Class A districts. 

The percentage of increases varied slightly, however, the overall adjustment was 2.6 percent.

The average adjustment is the result of increases in several positions and the lowering of a few salaries based on new hires.

Increases including 14.8 percent for the district’s business manager and clerk, a 12 percent increase for the Lincoln Elementary School principal, a 10 percent increase for the Jefferson Elementary School principal, a 21.3 percent increase for the district technology coordinator, a 5.3 percent increase for the transportation director, a 5.3 percent increase for the special education coordinator and a 6.8 percent increase for the district’s speech pathologist.

Decreases came in the positions where new people were hired for the 2014-15 school year.

For instance, new Dawson County High School Prinicipal Wade Murphy, who was previously the school’s vice principal, received a pay raise by virtue of a step up in position. Yet, the principal’s pay actually decreased 9.3 percent because Murphy has less experience and time in the position than former principal Bruce Clausen had.

The new vice principal will make 3 percent less than Murphy did in that position last year.

The Washington Middle School principal position is an exception to the decrease. The new principal will make 2 percent more than former principal Dinny Bennett.

Every administrator received a raise except Superintendent Ross Farber, according to Labor Management Committee member Brian Steffen. Farber’s contract had been renewed previously and his salary had been addressed at that time.

Unlike teacher salaries, which have a developed matrix to determine pay increases, administrator salaries have no specific guidelines which must be followed. Administration salary increases are at the discretion of the board.

“At some point, I envision a matrix in place,” stated committee chairman Penny Denning.

School board vice chairwoman and committee member Jeanne Seifert added, “Our recommendations are not perfect, we are still below average but we corrected as much as we could. The recommendations are reasonable.”

Though the discussion continued for some time, the motion to approve the increases was eventually approved by the board.

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