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Kaneland School Board approves salary increases for administrators

Support professionals also set to receive a raise

SUGAR GROVE – The Kaneland Board of Education approved single-year contracts along with a salary increase for the Kaneland District 302’s administrators for the 2018-19 school year.

Todd Leden, superintendent of District 302, explained that the district has reduced planned expenditures by more than $3 million over the past two years and that it’s recommended that administrator salary increases be tied to the revenue sharing formula that the board is already committed to using.

“The district has worked exhaustedly and cooperatively to reduce planned expenditures,” he said. “Partof the recommendation is to control the planned expenditures moving forward, and with salary being such a large part of it, this revenue sharing formula will go a long way in controlling those costs in regards to salary.”

The number at the end of the formula, which is the average of three years of revenue growth plus the consumer price index divided by two, comes out to a 1.8 percent raise for each administrator and a net hit on the budget of $29,000.

The range for administrator salaries now jumps from between approximately $56,000 and $141,000 to $60,000 and $144,000.

Non-SPEAK (Support Professionals’ Education Association of Kaneland) staff will also receive a 1.8 percent salary increase for 2018-19 and with far more employees than administrative staff, the net impact is more substantial, estimated at about $145,000.

That does not include the newly approved daily/hourly rates for substitute and seasonal positions, most which remained the same or are receiving a pay cut.

Student technology support workers will increase from $10.25 to $10.40 per hour while mechanic intern and summer maintenance workers will increase slightly from $9 to $9.15 per hour.

Substitute monitors, crossing guards and lunch/mail delivery staff will see their earnings slashed the most which is tied into the Minimum Staff Plan that was approved for 2018-19 in March. The school board approved the reduction of the hourly rate for regular staff in these positions from $15 an hour to $13 an hour. Substitutes in these positions will now only receive $10 an hour.

In other district news, the board approved the election of board member Shana Sparber as its new president. She replaces Teresa Witt. The board also chose to re-elect Gale Pavlak as its secretary.

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