Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 9:29 pm
Silvis approves salary increases for noncertifed staff, administrators
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By Anthony Watt, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Silvis School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved salary increases for noncertified staff and administrators.
Raises for noncertified employees, based on their evaluations, will range between half a percent and 1.5 percent, said superintendent Ray Bergles said. There were no changes to benefits.
The district has about 40 noncertified employees, including teachers aides and custodial staff, he said.
Administrators, not including Mr. Bergles whose contract will be done separately next month, also received increases.George O. Barr School Principal Michael Hughes will receive a 1.25 percent increase. Northeast Junior High School principal Jim Widdop and business manager Wendi Harrell will receive 1 percent increases.
All three also received $1,000 compensation packages for additional work.
Board member Dan Jecks was not present and Dennis Miner abstained because his wife is a district employee.
In October, the board unanimously approved a contract with its teachers union, the Silvis Education Association, thatincludes a half percent increase in pay for the 2012-13 school year and an adjustment to the series of raises teachers traditionally receive leading up to retirement.
Previously, Silvis teachers received 6 percent raises each of the last four years they worked before retirement, he said. That has been lowered to 5 percent for the final two years.
In other business Wednesday, the board unanimously approved seeking bids for bus rentals for the 2013-14 school year and tentative approval of a tax levy for 2013. It isrecommended the district's property tax levy decrease by about a penny per $100 of a property's assessed evaluation.
A public hearing about the levy is scheduled for 5:50 p.m. Dec. 19 at Northeast Junior High School, 4280 4th Ave., East Moline. The board will meet immediately after.
The board also was updated on progress at George O. Barr School, 1305 5th Ave., Silvis,now undergoing renovations. Earlier this year, Barr's junior high students were moved to Northeast. Barr'sformer junior high sections are being prepared for elementary students and its former elementary sections are being demolished.
The $6.5 million project includes renovating 55,000 to 60,000 square feet and demolishing 53,000 square feet.Renovations include cabinets and lighting updates, expanded wireless Internet service, smart boards, a new kitchen and air conditioning, and a new roof. Students are expected to be in the renovated areas by March; demolition of the former elementary areas will follow shortly after.
Stephen Frank, of Estes Construction, said finishing work continues, including painting, completion of the ceiling and installing kitchen equipment.Major projects are expected to be done in December, with finishing touches completed in January. Total completion is scheduled for August.