District 16 board approves district contracts

The Spring Lake Park District 16 School Board has approved contracts for its community services personnel, health care specialists and administrators.

“All three of the settlements are very responsible and conservative,” Ryan Stromberg, director of human resources and organizational development, said in an interview with the Life.

“I think the goals for the employers/employees during these financial times are to reduce the opportunity for budget cuts and to live within our means.”

Contract periods are July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. The employees will receive retroactive pay.

The board unanimously approved the contracts at its April 10 regular school board meeting.

Nurses

Under the new contract, the district’s five registered nurses will receive a 50 cents per hour increase in the first year of the contract with no increase in the second year. Their wages will increase from $26.68 per hour under the last contract to $27.18 per hour for the 2011-13 contract.

In year two of the contract, they will receive a one-time $500 payment. Also in year two, they will receive an increase of $40 in the district’s monthly contributions toward their health insurance premiums. Total cost to the district will be $10,396.

Community services

District 16 employs about 20 community service workers. This group includes pre-school teachers and their assistants, infant care staff, security greeters and a parking lot attendant.

Under the two-year agreement, community service workers received a 3.9 percent wage and benefits increase over the last contract. Total cost to the district for the service workers’ new contract is $13,396.

First-year employee wages range from $12.21 an hour to $17.35 an hour, depending on the position, Stromberg said. Employees at the highest end of the contract (pre-school teachers with seniority, for example) earn $23.80 an hour.

The workers will receive the same wages in the second year of the contract. In year two, all service employees will receive a one-time payment of $300, according to Stromberg.

Also, in year one of the contract, service employees are eligible for an increase of $35 a month in the district’s monthly contributions toward their health insurance premiums.

In year two, they will continue to receive the same rate.

Administrators

Administrators making up Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg’s cabinet and receiving contract settlements at this time are the directors of human resources, community education, business services and educational services.

Stromberg and business services director Amy Schultz represented the administrators in negotiations. Starting last fall, they met with the district intermittently about five times, according to Stromberg.

“It was a simple process,”Stromberg said. “It was pretty short and sweet.”

The administrator contract includes a 3.2 percent total increase over the next two years, including salary and benefits.

That breaks down to a 2.3 percent increase in the first year and a .9 percent increase in the second year.

Cost to the district for the increase is $22,284.

Salaries for the 2012-13 school year are: business manager $133,500; community services director, $118,000; human resources director, $133,500; and director of educational services, $133,500.

There was no real change in the cabinet members’ contract, Stromberg said. Contract steps, however, in the new cabinet members’ agreement were eliminated. Previous contracts have called for a six-step salary schedule. Instead, a salary range equaling out most of the salaries has been put in place.

Under the new contract, the administrators received no increase in contributions by the district to their health care insurance.

In the second year, the four administrators will receive an extra $1,000 match to their tax-sheltered annuities.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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