SPOONER -- The Spooner School Board recently approved an increase in the salaries of approximately 90 percent of the certified teachers working at the Spooner School District for the first time in nearly four years.
Nine certified teachers were not eligible for the increase as they had previously received an increase for various reasons. The remaining 71 teachers will receive a two percent increase and will be retroactive to July 1, 2017.
In November of 2017, the school board approved giving a two percent raise to the 51 Classified Staff (Building and Grounds, Secretarial, Food Service, Para-Professionals, etc.) which will also be retroactive to July 1, 2017.
Between Certified and Classified Staff, the board approved raises totaling $117,000.
“Many employees have had a freeze on their wages for four years while incurring increases in the cost of health insurance and retirement benefits,” said Spooner School Board President Karen Sorenson. “Any employee that had an increase or change of daily rate of pay in recent years was not included in this raise.“
The “daily rate” includes the three Spooner principals who had received a modification to their contracts in the 2015-16 school year. The change didn’t give them a pay raise per se; rather, a reduction in their contract length from 260 days to 240 days –– effectively increasing their “daily pay” without giving an actual pay increase.