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School bosses to get pay bumps

Jeff Schmucker Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:08 PM

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Some school principals, assistant principals and other employees passed over for pay increases last school year will see a bump in pay this go-round at a cost of $195,857.

School board members unanimously approved Tuesday evening to spend $54,285 to provide 73 administrators raises for this school year that will be retroactive to July 2.

Also approved was spending $101,626, for pay raises for 126 employees classified under Professional/Technical/Supervisory titles and $39,946 for 69 employee pay increases for "Confidential" employees.

The employee groups are those that aren't covered under collective bargaining. Last year, for example, teachers received pay increases as part of negotiations with the Hernando Classroom Teachers Association, while these three employee groups received no raises.

Superintendent Bryan Blavatt thanked board members for their vote, calling their decision, "courageous."

He said the reason for the recommended pay increases is to bring the pay more in line with where they should be with experience and education levels.

"(I) think it's a real tribute to the board that you all recognize that cutting it close and that you're willing to equalize (the pay)."

Board Vice Chairman Matt Foreman questioned whether enough funds were available in the budget for the pay increases and later said that while he voted against giving similar raises last year, he's pleased that the board is able to this year.

"Last year the budget situation appeared to be a little different," Foreman said. "But I do recognize the value that our employees bring. These raises are based on our employees doing a good job, being more efficient, and thanks to some lucky windfalls and budgeting, we have the money to provide this."

It's unknown how much employees will receive. Heather Martin, director of business services for the district, wrote in an email to the Hernando Today that those have to be calculated and processed.

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In other business, school board members:

The charter school will open to 88 sixth- and seventh-graders next fall at the current Head Start campus, located at 835 School St. in Brooksville, and offer a hands-on curriculum.

District staff reported that the application didn't provide specific information for target enrollment, curriculum and the eventual school location, among other topics.

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