Superior School District analyzes employee salaries

By KBJR News 1

September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- Students and staff are back in school for the year, and some staff in the Superior School District are getting a little more money this school year.

District officials said it was brought to their attention that some of the support staff was not being paid a comparable wage to other districts in the area, which prompted the district to take action.

"What we are trying to do is make sure that our employees are treated appropriately and that our district is competitive," said Superintendent, Janna Stevens.

A committee was organized to conduct a study comparing the salaries of administrative staff, teachers, and support staff for the 2012/2013 school year.

"What we discovered was that several of our support staff classifications were significantly off what the average was in the area. We looked at places like Duluth, Maple and other surrounding school districts," said Stevens.

One position that demonstrates the wide gap between Superior and other districts was the head cook position.

Out of the eight schools that were analyzed, the lowest wage was $10.72 per hour, the highest, $17.28. The average salary of all the eight schools that were analyzed is $15.06. Superior came in at $11.71 which was $3.35 below the average.

After presenting the study to the school board, they ended up adjusting the support staff salaries to close the gap between the current pay and the average by 50 percent.

"We tried to make sure all of the people in the categories would either get a salary adjustment or get the 1.46 percent salary increase," said Stevens.

Stevens said she has gotten a lot of positive feedback from staff for doing the study and feels it will be better for the district in the long run.

"It makes it easier for us to hold employees, keep employees and makes it a place that they want to come to work," said School Board President, Len Albrecht.

The study also analyzed teacher's salaries. According to the study, teachers in the Superior School District with a bachelor's degree got $57,162, which is on the highest end of the pay scale for the 2012/2013 school year. Of the eight schools that were analyzed in the study, teachers with a similar degree make, on average, about $46,882 per year. The study indicated that teachers in Superior are paid on average, about $10,000 more than other teachers in the area.

Officials say the wage adjustments will go into effect this year.

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