Greater than a dozen Anchorage Faculty District directors acquired pay raises of 10 % or extra this yr, drawing criticism from academics at current Faculty Board conferences.
The educators have requested for a three % pay improve this faculty yr, however the district’s preliminary proposed three-yr contract for the Anchorage Schooling Affiliation academics union consists of no such increase.
“That is an insult,” instructor Nancy Neil informed the board at its assembly final week. “The message it sends is that academics and different professionals of AEA aren’t value an honest improve in pay.”
Faculty Superintendent Deena Bishop stated that she needed to improve pay for sure management jobs so she might recruit and retain “the best individuals” for her staff. Plus, she stated, she eradicated different administrative jobs so the district is spending much less cash general, regardless of the raises.
“I reorganized to raised use the funds I have already got,” she stated in an interview Thursday. “I’ve fewer individuals on my group than the earlier superintendent however I intend to get extra work achieved.”
She stated she analyzed the salaries of the eighty five or so members of the executive employees who don’t belong to a union, together with division administrators in addition to government secretaries.
Bishop stated she in contrast the workers’ salaries to comparable jobs at different faculty districts and different organizations. She stated she additionally checked out different salaries within the district. In some instances, she stated, principals earned greater than members of her management staff, which made it more durable to recruit for the roles.
The typical principal within the district earns a wage of $109,000 for 207 days of labor, stated Jim Anderson, the district’s chief monetary officer.
“Some people would not come right here with the expertise I wanted as a result of they might make more cash elsewhere,” Bishop stated. “I needed to compete with the perfect.”
Bishop stated as a part of her administrative reorganization, she eradicated 10 positions, together with three of the 12 government secretaries. She additionally added three new positions, together with the deputy superintendent and his $one hundred sixty five,000 base wage.
She reduce the variety of workdays for some positions and added extra days to others.
4 of the 5 prime-paid non-union directors final faculty yr are getting a base wage of about 10 to sixteen % extra now for a similar variety of days labored — 249. The chief monetary officer, who earned $146,000 final fall, earns $one hundred sixty,000 this yr. The chief of data know-how…