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Waski, admin and other staff get pay raises
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MONROE - The Monroe school board unanimously approved a 2.25 percent increase on the combined salaries of the district's 11 administrators in a board meeting Monday.

After meeting in closed session, former Monroe Board of Education President Bob Erb announced District Administrator Rick Waski would be paid $147,700 for the 2018-19 school year, which is 1.86 percent more than he made in 2017-18.

Waski said the combined 2.25 percent salary increase for administrators in the district would total $22,750 more than last year.

The board approved a contract extension for Waski at a board meeting April 9 but didn't announce his pay increase at the time. Waski has served as the district administrator in Monroe since July 2017, starting at a salary of $145,000. He was the Monroe High School principal from 2010 to 2013 before serving as district administrator for the Adams-Friendship school district.

The board will implement a new district administrator evaluation process in July. Every July, the administrator will meet with the board to establish at least three goals for the coming school year. The following November, the board and administration will conduct a formal discussion in closed session on the progress of the goals. 

Four months later in March, the board and district administrator will then jointly plan to review the administrator's job description to make sure it reflects the board's expectations. Around the same time, the board will review the administrator's performance. Each board member will complete a written evaluation that will be shared with the administrator at a closed-session meeting in March.

The board also unanimously approved a contract with the Monroe Association of Support Staff on Monday. The settlement, which MASS ratified recently, includes a 2.13 percent salary increase plus step movement for those staff who have not reached the end of their pay lane. Support staff members include teacher aides, custodial staff and secretarial staff.

Waski said the contract includes a $0.37 per cell increase to the wage schedule and the agreement will allow for the continuation of the $0.10 supplemental pay for those staff who are not receiving steps. Waski said the increase for 182 support staff in the district is 2.72 percent, or $88,396, more than last year.

The board also approved a salary increase for exempt staff. Exempt staff includes the food service director, building and grounds director and school nurses. Waski said their total salary increase for 2018-19 will be 2.39 percent, or $13,400, more than last year.