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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
On Monday night, the Plainfield School District 202 board approved 2.5 percent pay raises for administrators and non-union and non-certified staff retroactive to July 1, 2011. There are compelling arguments on both sides. On the one hand, union teachers and staff negotiated pay raises for the coming years so it's only fair that these employees receive an increase in salary and wages as well. On the other is a question of whether the district can afford it given that it's facing an estimated $3.2 million operating fund deficit in the 2013 fiscal year and even larger deficits in the years after that. In other words, it's a tough call either way. What do you think of the board's action? Take our poll below and weigh in.
Michelle Smith and Greg Nichols voted against the plan, which will also affect non-certified and non-union staff.
The Plainfield School District 202 board on Monday approved 2.5 percent pay raises for 164 district administrators and non-union support staff retroactive to July 1, 2011. Board Vice President Michelle Smith and board member Greg Nichols voted against all of the raises, which will affect assistant superintendents, directors, building principals, assistant principals, non-certified administrators and non-union support staff assigned at the central office or at district level. Administrators’ salaries have been frozen since February 2010, meaning the last raise they received was in July 2009. Administrators also paid an additional 10 percent of their health insurance costs in the 2011 school year. Board President Roger Bonuchi and Secretary …