Plum school administrators receive 2-percent raises
By Karen Zapf
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 4:33 p.m.
For the second consecutive year, the majority of Plum School District administrators each got 2-percent raises.
“With PSSA scores (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) up in nearly every category, they deserve it,” said Plum School Board member Joe Tommarello, education committee chairman.
School board members each year evaluate the administrators and reach a consensus on the amount of salary increases. They also can opt for no increases.
The increases for the 2013-14 school year amounted to about $30,000. Tommarello said the administrators also are paying more for their health benefits.
Additionally, Superintendent Timothy Glasspool took a wage freeze for the next two years of his contract.
“I thank them for helping out in these troubled financial times,” Tommarello said.
Board member Loretta White voted against the increases. White said she values the contributions of the administrators but thought wage freezes were wise given the financial challenges in the district.
The board last month voted to use about $1 million from the district's reserve fund to help balance the budget.
The board also voted to cut the family and consumer sciences program at the high school resulting in three teacher layoffs.
“My policy has been since everyone is taking a wage freeze except for anything contractual, I would not vote for increases,” White said.
Each of district's nearly 270 teachers is set to receive about a 3.5-percent salary increase, according to the Plum Borough Education Association's contract with the district.
Some teachers also are scheduled to receive step increases that are based upon a teacher's level of experience. White also thanked Glasspool for taking a wage freeze.
“I commend him,” White said. “I think he really has a great interest in education.”
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or email@example.com.
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