The Archbold Area School Board voted to grant $1,500 raises to five school administrators during its Monday, June 18 meeting.
For the five, the raises work out to increases ranging from 1.5% to 2.56%.
The board met in executive session for about two hours to discuss “employment, compensation, demotion and/or promotion of public employees,” before returning to regular session and approving the raises.
Who Makes What
The highest paid administrator in the Archbold Area School District is David Deskins, superintendent. After the pay boost, his salary is $101,478. His raise works out to a 1.5% wage hike.
Dorothy Lambert, elementary school principal, will earn $76,121. The wage hike equates to a 2.01% increase.
Christine Ziegler, district treasurer, will receive $70,165, a 2.18% increase.
Allan Gladieux, high school athletic director, will earn $62,733, a 2.45% pay hike.
Michelle Bagrowski, curriculum director, will be paid $60,008. Hers is the highest increase in percent- age terms, at 2.56%.
Two principals are new to their positions. They have new contracts, so the wage increase won’t apply to them.
Royal Short, new AHS principal, will be paid $82,000. He was paid $71,300 as middle school principal.
Matthew Shields, new middle school principal, will be paid $74,000.
Robyn Kuhlman, district psychologist, will receive $30,497. The contract calls for her to work 120 days of the next school year.
Jon Lugbill, school board president, said district administrators had their salaries frozen for the 2011-12 school year.
Prior to that, in 2010-11, they received 1.5% pay hikes.
Lugbill said the board took the district’s current economic situation into consideration before approving the increases.
Board members have discussed the possibility of asking voters to approve a new tax for additional operating revenue. No decision on a levy request has been made.
But, Lugbill noted, “We have administrators who are giving their all to our school district.”
The $1,500 pay hikes are a way to reward the administrators for their accomplishments that is within the district budget.
The total cost of the raises is $7,500.
In a district with a $12 million annual budget, Lugbill said the board felt the district can afford $7,500.
“It’s a way to reward and encourage continuous improvement,” he said.
“We are a very blessed community. Our school system, with the administrative staff we have– that shouldn’t be taken lightly.”
The $1,500 pay hikes are “as a board, our way of saying thank you for your efforts.”–David Pugh