Wautoma School Board hears alternative compensation presentation

Members of the Wautoma Area School District’s Alternative Compensation Committee presented their plan to the Wautoma School Board to help create a salary schedule based on what the school and district values most during the March 9 business meeting held in the Wautoma High School Library.

The alternative compensation plan was created after the four-year freeze on step raises for teachers due to lack of district funding. According to the committee, “in the past months we have had a number of employees who have come to us asking to be paid more based on other job offers or simply because a brand new teacher is making as much or more than they are.”

The committee comprised of Board President David Peterson, WHS Principal Tom Rheinheimer, District Administrator Jeff Kasuboski, Business Manager Cindy Reilly, and teachers: Julie Berger, Bonnie Drexler, Craig Panich, Tina Sikorski, and Brionne Roberts-Bray were given guidelines by the school board to “create a system to pay professional staff that values professionals and attracts and retains quality staff members.” 

The Alternative Compensation Committee met 15 times since May 2014 analyzing other alternative compensation plans while working to create a plan they felt best fit the district’s staff and students.

The committee worked on creating a salary schedule and based their alternative compensation plan “on opportunities that would create a strong learning community, such as professionalism, community service, professional development, and creating opportunities for kids.”

The plan presented to the board by Rheinheimer has two parts, a yearly increase of $500 if a staff member is an effective or distinguished teacher, and allowing staff every three to six years to earn an additional pay increase through the accumulation of points dependent on the completion of specific requirements.

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