Some administrators in Jonathan Alder Local Schools will see bigger paychecks in the upcoming school year, following action by the board of education on Monday.
School board members approved a revised salary schedule for 12 oversight positions, increasing pay from $5,000 to $10,000 for some principals and directors.
However, only four of the 12 — the current principals of Monroe Elementary, Jonathan Alder Junior and Senior Highs, as well as the Assistant Superintendent — will actually see more money in 2017-18. Salaries of the remaining eight are already within the new parameters.
Other “perks” allowed under the revised schedule include a cell phone stipend and reimbursements for additional college courses and professional dues. Ten administrators could receive an extra $2,000 annually if their students perform well academically. Cost of living increases remain in place.
Superintendent Gary Chapman said the revised pay scale will make Alder more competitive when hiring new administrators. Since it currently affects only four positions, the revision will have a minimal effect on the district’s bottom line, he added.
Also on Monday, board members approved an agreement with The Counseling Source, Inc. for mental health counseling within the schools.
A Counseling Source representative said his for-profit agency currently serves 33 school districts in 60 Ohio counties. Professional staff provide on-site help to students suffering from anxiety and depression, abuse, behavioral problems, low self-esteem, attention deficit and changing family issues, including divorce. An agency hotline is available to students and their families at night and on weekends.
All services are billed to Medicaid or student families, based on a sliding scale. There is no cost to the district, the representative emphasized.
In other business Monday, school board members:
• Accepted a $10,000 mini-grant to explore “High Schools That Work” school improvement program. The money will pay for instructional materials, professional development and other activities at Jonathan Alder High School. Chapman emphasized Alder is evaluating (and not joining) the national program at this point.
• Renewed a contract with Madison County Public Health for student nurse services.
• Amended Chapman’s contract to include paid family health insurance.
• Approved 268 paid sick and personal days for retiring employees.
• Approved a trip to Spain for high school students in 2018. The tour is scheduled for June 4-16 next year.
• Approved four professional development days for staff during the upcoming school year. Those days are Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 7 and Feb. 16.
• Scheduled the next regular board meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19.
Jane Beathard is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.