Building principals, assistant principals and district administrators in Jonathan Alder Local Schools are eligible for cash bonuses next year if their students excel on state tests.
Board of education members approved a “Student Growth Incentive” on Thursday at the recommendation of Superintendent Gary Chapman. The incentive directly ties administrators’ financial compensation to student performance and paves the way for the new state-mandated Ohio Principal Evaluation System, Chapman said.
In addition to principals and assistant principals, Alder’s directors of technology, special services and curriculum and instruction will fall under the new bonus program.
Chapman said each administrator will receive a number score based on three factors: How much students are learning from year to year, individual results of state academic tests and the percentage of students who rate “proficient” or higher on those tests. Individual building grades on the annual state report card will determine the last two numbers.
Year-to-year growth in learning and the number of students who are judged “proficient” on state tests will determine 80 percent of eligibility for a cash stipend.
Administrators of buildings where students exceed state and district standards will receive a one-time, $2,000 payment in August 2015. Those in buildings where students meet standards will receive $1,000.
In the future, administrator scores may also factor overall graduation rates, teacher attendance and the learning progress of both disabled and gifted students, Chapman said.
Also on Thursday, school board members approved a district-wide 1 percent pay increase for both teaching and support staff, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Only routine “step” increases are slated for the upcoming year.
Five-year contracts approved in 2010 allowed for re-negotiation during the last two years, Chapman said.
In other meeting business on Thursday, board members:
• Approved a 25-cent increase in the price of school breakfasts and lunches for 2014-15. The increase is the first since 2008.
• Approved four professional development days and two calamity make-up days for the 2014-15 school year.
• Accepted a $214 grant for math manipulatives and a $2,816 grant for e-textbooks at Plain City Elementary, as well as an $11,931 grant for e-textbooks at Jonathan Alder High. Board president Steve Votaw said the district received nearly $100,000 in grants and donations last year.
• Renewed a $1,500 per month lease with the Vineyard Church of Plain City for the former elementary school building on Main Street.
• Renewed an agreement with Memorial Hospital of Union County for athletic training services.
• Heard Chapman announce broadband service will increase at Monroe Elementary and Canaan Middle schools as a result of E-rate funding. One hundred-foot high service towers are going up at both locations.