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Raises OK’d for Kaneland support staff, administrators

SUGAR GROVE – Administrators and educational support staff members will see salary increases for the 2013-14 school year as part of action approved Monday night by the Kaneland School District 302 Board.

Board members voted to approve raises of 2.8 percent for the educational support staff and an average of 2.24 percent for administrators.

As part of a previously signed deal, teachers next year will get a 2.8 percent raise.

The school board meets at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.

Cheryl Krauspe, school board president, said that the net impact for the administrative increases would be $32,874, and the net impact of the support staff increase would be $147,268.

She stressed that the percentages for the administrative increases were an average – some would get more, and others would get less.

And the support staff impact is greater because there are more who fit that category.

The increases will go into effect July 1.

According to a news release, the salaries for support staff, administrative staff and teachers were frozen in 2012-13, as well as 2010-11.

“It’s the best we can do in these times,” Krauspe said. “In the last few years, there have been some sacrifices. We value these employees, and we appreciate them. It’s just the best that we can do right now.”

The administrative salary increase was approved by a unanimous board vote.

The increase for support staff was approved with one vote against, from board member Joe Oberweis.

Also, the board approved changes on the first reading of the update of the district’s student handbook.

Approval of the first reading does allow for outstanding issues or questions to be clarified before the changes coming for final approval on the second reading, which takes place May 8.

The updates to the handbook clarified a few terms.

For example, an elementary school item that prohibits party invitations or gifts for classmates would be changed to specify that they could not be distributed on school grounds.

But there was an extended discussion on one item that dealt with the grade impact students might suffer if they don’t dress for physical education classes. 

The policy would spell out that there would be no deductions for the first or second infraction, but then 5 percent each for the third, fourth or fifth instance and 10 percent each for the sixth instance and beyond.

Board member Tony Valente questioned why there would be any grade impact. Valente said the grade should be established entirely by performance.

He said it appeared “someone got their way here,” and suggested those affected by such a penalty could take the district to court. Oberweis took exception to the reference to court.

“If you think it’s too harsh, express that,” Oberweis said. 

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