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Raises OK’d for Kaneland support staff, administrators

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:08 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Salary increases of 2.7 percent for support staff and administrators at Kaneland School District 302 won unanimous approval from the district's board Monday night during its meeting at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.

According to figures released by the district, the net impact of the educational staff increase will be $147,114, and the impact of the administrative raises will be $28,387. That does not include the salary of Superintendent Jeff Schuler, whose contract, which runs through June 2016, was amended last year.

The support staff salaries are for those who work in food service, transportation and other areas. The administrative positions include building principals and assistant principals, assistant superintendents, the athletic director and the director and assistant director of the Fox Valley Career Center.

There was little discussion on the topic. Board member Veronica Bruhl asked why the number was higher than the consumer price index when, in the previous four years, the raise percentage had been below the CPI. Schuler said the raises had been under CPI, and "candidly, it's a little bit of catching up."

Also, board members OK'd the first reading of changes to the student handbook, although two members – Tony Valente and Teresa Witt – voted against that. Valente and Witt were concerned about an elementary school policy in which contact information is included in school directories unless families ask to be excluded.

"I can tell you that other districts do it the opposite," Valente said, adding, "I would recommend that you opt in, rather than opt out."

Bruhl said she had heard from parents who like having such information for social invitations, such as birthday parties or play dates.

"I actually agree with Tony on this," Witt said. "The privacy issue has to trump birthday parties."

Valente and Witt were the only board members who voted against the changes. Witt said she "wouldn't want to vote no on the whole thing." Valente said that while he voted no, "I think the rest of the changes are excellent." It is the first step in the process, and changes still could be made before the handbook alterations are finalized.

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