Pierce City teachers to see significant base pay raise

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Support staff will also receive 4.9 percent raise

Educators at the Pierce City school district will find a little extra in their checks this year, as board members have approved a 4.9 percent pay increase.

First-year instructors with bachelorís degrees will start with a base rate of $32,500 per year, with incremental increases across the board for those with 8-24 years of service ranging in pay from $33,020 to $34,360; and those with a masterís degrees earning $36,080, with incremental increases for eight and 16 years of service ranging from $36,080 to $36,620.

Bachelorís degree holders at step one start at the $32,500 rate with incremental pay hikes for up to 25 steps, topping out at $40,900. Those with a masterís plus 16 years of service start at $36,620 and top out after five steps at $38,020.

Cost to the district for those increases totals $3,793,863, and includes the board absorbing a .06 percent increase in insurance benefits.

Non-certified personnel will also receive the 4.9 percent increase in wages, for a total of $883,888.

Even with the increases, the district will close out the 2021-2022 year with $25.8 million in carryover.

The board opted to absorb the 3.2 percent increase in employee insurance premiums, which $16.38 this year, for a total insurance premium of $528.47 for participating employees.

The board also approved parent and student handbooks, along with employee manuals.

Work on the high school gymnasium floor will begin in the next few days after board members approved the cost of a replacement floor from Alliance Systems in the amount of $119,762.50. Representatives from the company assured Superintendent Kelli Alumbaugh that work would be complete before the start of classes on Aug. 24.

Board members also discussed adding a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) storm shelter at the elementary campus at some point in the future, with preliminary discussion centered on various options for that campus. One includes construction of an auxiliary gym and storm shelter, which would allow the district to host future district events.

A second option is adding a space at the back of the elementary facility, providing classroom space for early childhood and a safe room.

The board approved a contract with Scott Regional Technology Center for students attending classes there. The breakdown includes two students in auto tech; 11 in health occupations; three in welding; three in marketing; two in graphic communications; one in culinary arts; two in JROTC; and three in computer-aided machining.

Students will return to classes on Aug. 24 with a district safety plan in place concerning social distancing and sanitation to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Some of those protocols involve masking and hygiene, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection of common areas, transportation, breakfast and lunch, and the caveat that anyone exhibiting signs of COVID-19 will be sent home.

The next meeting of the Pierce City Board of Education will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, at the school.

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