Goshen school board approves pay raises

Diane Woodworth

GOSHEN — Administrators and classified staff at Goshen Community Schools can expect to see a slight increase in their salaries soon.

The Goshen school board Monday night approved a 0.9 percent increase for administrators and a 1.83 percent hike for classified staff, effective next month.

“As you recall, all administrative salaries are indexed from this base, which is considered as the 1.0 for that scale,” Superintendent Diane Woodworth wrote in a memo to the board. “As a reminder, the average raise for the teaching unit for 2018-19 was 1.88 percent and the average for the classified group for 2019 we are recommending is 1.83 percent.”

The increases mean that Woodworth, the school corporation’s highest paid administrator, will make $129,245 and Deputy Superintendent Steve Hope will make $113,736 next school year.

Below is a partial list of school administrator salaries for the 2018-19 school year:

 Assistant superintendents: Tammy Ummel, $111,151; and Alan Metcalfe, $107,274.

 Principals: Goshen High School, Barry Younghans, $112,443; Goshen Middle School, Lori Shreiner, $100,81, and Jan Baker, $98,226; Chamberlain Elementary School, Karen Blaha, $81,425; Chandler Elementary School, Cheryl Williams, $81,425; Model Elementary School, Tami Hicks, $81,425; Parkside Elementary School, Betts McFarren, $91,764; Prairie View Elementary School, Donna Wiktorowski, $86,594; Waterford Elementary School, Karen Brock, $80,132; and West Goshen Elementary School, Lori Line, $90,472; and Merit Learning Center, Kim Gallagher, $86,594.

 Executive directors: Director of Finance, Kelley Kitchen, $98,226, and Director of Curriculum, Tracey Noe, $94,349.

In other business, board members

 Approved Steve Hope, assistant superintendent of secondary education at GCS, to become the district’s new deputy superintendent. In his new role, Hope will still oversee secondary education. 

“I am thrilled for the opportunity,” he said. “I am really enjoying working with Goshen Community Schools and the Goshen community.” 

 Approve a request for a revised employee handbook.

Tammy Ummel, assistant superintendent of human services at GCS, informed the board at the Nov. 26 meeting that updates to the classified staff handbook and the licensed classified handbook have been made with input from members of the classified council and administration.

“There are no major changes to the intent of previously realized benefits or to past practices,” she said. “One additional section is being added to both handbooks to provide guidance on employee expectations during eLearning days.”

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