Pay hiked for Lake school leaders PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:27
MILLBURY - The Lake Board of Education approved salary increases for a dozen employees, including the superintendent and treasurer, at Wednesday's meeting.
Jim Witt was among nine employees who got a three-year pay deal with a 2.35 percent raise this year and 1.95 percent raises in each of the next two years. His new annual salary is $103,450.
Also getting that same percentage increase over three years are treasurer Jeff Carpenter, Lake Elementary principal Christie McPherson, athletic and maintenance director Dave Shaffer, technology coordinator Donna Zalar and transportation and student activities director Tammy Tapley.
Carpenter's new annual salary is $79,000.  McPherson will be paid $75,227 in 2013-14. Shaffer will earn $73,756. Zalar, who is expected to leave at the end of this school year, will make $55,920. Tapley's 2013-14 salary will be $54,245.
Board of education president Tim Krugh said these five administrators had not had raises for four years as the district went through some financial turmoil in 2011. Krugh called the increases "appropriate and reasonable."
He noted that the contract approved in July with the Lake Education Association gave teachers almost a 7 percent increase over three years.
"They have to be paid, too," he said of the administrators. 
Krugh added that the staff is deserving.
"In my opinion, we have the best group of administrators since I've been involved in Lake schools," he said.
Four other office workers who had not had increases for four years received the same percentage as the five above-mentioned administrators.
High school principal Lee Herman, middle school principal Jay Ackerman and psychologist Angela Rapp will get 2 percent raises this year and 1.25 percent in each of the next two years. They had received a raise in the last four years, Krugh said.
Herman's new annual salary is $83,762. Ackerman's is $70,380. Rapp will earn $56,100 in 2013-14.
Jodi Takats, director of curriculum and special education, will receive increases of 1.35 percent each year.
Krugh said her raises were lower because she was given a "substantial" increase three years ago when she took on extra responsibilities. Her salary is $91,215 for 2013-14.
Krugh also said that the varying percentages were a fair way to award raises.
Also in Witt's contract is a longevity and merit incentive stipend of 3.94 percent, which may be awarded at the end of each five years of uninterrupted and satisfactory service at the board's discretion. It will not be added to the salary base.
Takats, Herman, Carpenter, McPherson, Shaffer, Ackerman, Rapp, Zalar and Tapley are also eligible for this benefit.
Five administrators, including Witt, were given five-year contracts in November, but no raises.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:55

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