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7/10/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Central teachers receive 3.61 percent package increase

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Central Community School Board June 19 approved a one-year agreement with the Central DeWitt Education Association (CDEA) for a 3.61 percent package increase for salary and benefits.

The board also approved one-year agreements with district custodians, secretaries, associates and nutrition workers, with package increases ranging from 1.99-2.81 percent, and approved salary increases for administrators and support staff.

The contract with the CDEA includes a $500 increase (1.9 percent) in the base teacher's salary that brings the minimum to $28,000 and allows for vertical and horizontal movement on the salary schedule based on experience and education.

Including $3,641.24 in supplemental teacher funds allocated by the state, the minimum salary for a first-year teacher at Central will be $31,641.24.

Other changes include establishing a teacher quality committee to work on peer-review and teacher collaboration and a minor revision to fix a reference to voluntary transfers.

The agreement is for one year, and the cost of the increase is $294,088.


The agreement with custodians is for a 1.99 percent package increase that includes a 15-cent hourly wage increase for full-time employees and an 11-cent hourly increase for part-time employees, bringing the rates to $16 per hour for full time and $15.60 per hour for part time.

The agreement replaced a two-step wage schedule with the above wages as the only step and reduced the number of personal leave days from four to three per year.

The cost of the increase is $8,164.12.


The agreement with secretaries is for a 2.81 percent package increase that includes a 13-cent hourly wage increase for all three salary steps, setting rates of $13.05 for a first-year employee, $13.47 for a second-year employee and $13.67 for a third-year employee. There are no additional salary steps.

The agreement also reduces the number of personal days from four to three per year.

The cost of the increase is $6,206.38.


The agreement with associates (teacher's aides) is for a 2.59 percent package increase and raises the minimum wage by deleting the first step on the salary schedule and setting a starting wage of $11.28 per hour, a 25-cent increase.

Other contract changes include reducing the number of personal leave days from four to three per year, adding the categories of library aides, office aides and transportation aides to contract language regarding reduction of force and replacing the Memorial Day holiday with New Year's Eve.

The cost of the agreement is $12,342.95

Nutrition services

The agreement with nutrition workers is for a 2.25 percent package increase that sets hourly wages of $13.91 for the manager, $13.50 for the head cook/head baker, $13.35 for cooks and $12.23 for general food service staff.

The agreement adds language establishing longevity pay of 10 cents after 10 years of service, 15 cents after 15 years of service and 20 cents after 20 years.

It also includes a change requiring an employee who is substituting into a higher-paid position to be paid at the higher wage.

The cost of the increase is $9,047.53.

Administrators and support staff

Increases approved for administrators and support staff establish the following salaries for the 2013/14 school year, not including benefits:

•Superintendent, Dan Peterson, $140,117.85. Peterson's salary was not increased.

•High school principal, George Pickup, $97,339.33.

•Intermediate/middle school principal, Jim Wichman, $100,382.42.

•Elementary principal, Jennifer Vance, $94,276.08.

•Activities director, Kurt Kreiter, $66,507.69.

•Director of student services, Terri Selzer, $85,257.50.

•Director of innovation and instruction, Amy Wichman $73,914 (includes increase from 190 to 200 contract days).

•Director of operations, Keith Walker, $69,640.76.

•Juvenile court officer, Jill Kleppe, $36,702.31 (includes reduction from 230 to 215 contract days to account for a reduced reimbursement rate).

•Business manager, Tina Bartels, $67,543.63.

•Executive administrative assistant, Gayle Pepmeier, $39,211.12.

•Executive administrative assistant, Karey Carlin, $34,605.42.

Building and grounds assistant, Mike Mumm, $18.26 per hour.

Maintenance/groundskeeper, Gary Schneider, $17.88 per hour.

Maintenance/turf manager, Kurt McCaulley, $18.21 per hour.

The wages for the three maintenance staff include an extra $1 per hour for Mumm and Schneider and an extra $1.75 per hour for McCaulley, who has taken over some of operations director Keith Walker's old duties, Peterson said.

Along with renewing contracts with activities director Kreiter and elementary principal Vance, the board approved increasing the contract term from one to two years, consistent with other administrators.

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