Goshen school board mulls pay raises

GOSHEN — Classified and administrative staff at Goshen Community Schools could soon receive a small pay raise, pending a decision by the school board.

School board members were notified of the school corporation’s plans to bump the salaries in an effort to stay competitive with other school districts.

According to Tamra Ummel, assistant superintendent of human resources at GCS, the board members approved the new compensation model for certified teachers as part of the corporation’s master contract.

“It has been the practice in GCS that once the employee teacher contract has been ratified, we examine the wages and salaries of other employee groups, such as classified, licensed classified and administrative employees,” Ummel wrote in a memo to the board.

For classified employees, Ummel said the recommended increase is an average of 1.83 percent, which is similar to the average increase of 1.88 percent provided to teachers. Most of the classified employee groups will realize a 1 percent to 1.25 percent increase, she said.

Additionally, Ummel said the corporation has adjusted the wage scales for some employee groups in order to remain competitive. Such employment groups include paraprofessionals, bus aides, child care assistants, technology resource specialists, and food and nutrition services employees.

For administrative staff, Superintendent Diane Woodworth recommended that the base salary for the 2018-19 school year be raised by 0.9 percent.

“As you recall, all administrative salaries are indexed from this base, which is considered the 1.0 for that scale,” she said.

Ummel also informed the board 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.

The board will be asked to approve all wage increases and revised employee handbooks during its Dec. 10 meeting.

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