Merit pay for school administrators has been formally adopted at Madison-Plains Local Schools.
The new pay scale was voted on during Tuesday’s board of education meeting, replacing the old system which Superintendent Tim Dettwiller said guaranteed salary increases each year.
“We’ve decreased the scale from the old schedule, which had 15 steps, down to five ranges,” he said. “With this system, there isn’t a guaranteed increase. The board has the ability to approve every increase.”
The new scale divides years of experience, ranging between those new to a school administrative position and those with 16 years or more of experience, whether that experience is from Madison-Plain or another district. Those are then divided into four separate ranges which cap a minimum and maximum eligible salary for each range.
For example, those hired as a principal for the high school with no experience start at a minimum salary of $85,000 and caps out at $95,000 until their fifth year as a principal when they are eligible for a range of $95,001 capped out at $105,000 and so on.
The amount of money available for pay increases, as well as the maximum rate of increases is to be decided each year by the school board, after the superintendent makes a recommendation.
“Essentially, the strength of this system is that it gives the board the ability to manually manage any increases in the annual pay rate,” said Dettwiller. “The board has the ability to approve any increase and limit the rate.”
The superintendent then can divide those funds available, determining the rate increase of each principal, assistant principal and director. These increases will be based upon merit through an assessment by the superintendent.
Before, salaries for administrators were guaranteed an increase between $1,200 and $1,500 each year of service, a system commonly used in other school districts.
Dettwiller said this new system was something he felt the community within the district was supportive of.
Other business from Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting:
• A new assistant principal for the Elementary and Intermediate schools was hired by the board.
Drew Snyder, a former physical education and health teacher at Springfield Northwestern High School and, more recently, West Liberty-Salem Middle/High School was selected after a five week deliberation process.
Outside of his teaching duties at West Liberty-Salem, Snyder’s resume mentions him working as an administrator for athletic events and being a member of a committee dedicated to assessing teachers’ teaching methods and the interview committee for hiring new teachers.
The position opened up when Brad Miller, the former assistant principal, was contracted to take on the principal role for the Kindergarten through sixth-grade buildings for the next three years. Miller is taking over from Kim LeGault, who will continue working in the district, but as director of the special education program.
• Green and Gold were formally adopted as the district’s school colors. Dettwiller said that historically, these have been accepted as the colors, but no document existed formalizing it.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617 or on Twitter @MSFKwiat.