School board approves salary recommendations

TORRINGTON – The Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees approved recommendations from the 2017 Salary Relations Team during its regular meeting Tuesday – also National Teachers’ Day.
The Salary Relations Team, consisting of District Business Manager Marcy Cates, Superintendent Jean Chrostoski, and various board members, administrators and teachers, proposed the following:
• Restructuring of certified and classified salary schedules preventing any employee from being frozen, and honoring movement of steps and lanes (scheduled raises, etc).
• The district will continue to pay 100 percent of health insurance premiums for all enrolled employees and families for 2017-18, including the 5 percent increase to dental premiums.
• Increase the hourly rate of pay for activity drivers from $15.50 to $15.75 in the 2017-18 school year, and pay for one Department of Transportation physical per year at the rate
of $120.
• Reclassify the assistant FFA sponsor on the extra duty
salary schedule.
• Continue payment of district National Board Certified teacher stipends and national certification of school psychologists at the rate of $2,000 per year for the life of the certificate, including renewals.
• In preparation for the upcoming legislative cuts, the committee has recommended district employees pay an additional .375 percent for a total of 1.375 percent of the employee’s share of Wyoming retirement. The retirement reimbursement to the district is being reduced by .375 percent for the 2017-18 school year.
• All classified employees will be paid for actual hours worked following each pay period, ending the practice of deferred compensation. Those secretaries working less than 12 months will be allowed a three-month modified solution to gradually adjust their checks and assist with them for future
The proposals are in response to legislative cuts amounting to $34 million for Wyoming education – more than $1.1 million in GCSD No. 1. The district has implemented several budget reductions, including $20,000 less to buildings; a $175,000 cut in technology equipment; $100,000, fund transfer to special fund; $100,000, fund transfer to capital construction; $200,000, textbooks; $150,000, special education, out-of-district placement; more than $650,000 in cuts from staff resignations, retirements and non-renewals; and approximately $66,500 less in professional services. Total reductions amount to more than
$1.4 million.
“As a result, the committee was able to continue its interest in ensuring that all employees maintain an equitable compensation package,” a memo from the Salary Relations Team to the board of trustees and district staff read. “The committee agrees the interest-based process does work, and due to the professionalism and collaboration of this group, it was able to create a product that addresses the interests of all groups while maintaining fiscal responsibility and sustainability with a student-
centered focus.”

In other business:
• The board recognized Southeast High School (SEHS) for earning bronze in the “U.S. News and World Report” Nationally Ranked Best
High Schools.
“We’ve actually made that list five of the last six years,” SEHS Principal Randy Epler said, adding the criteria includes student performance, graduation rates, and considers  advanced placement courses. “Congratulations. I’m very proud to work with the students and staff at Southeast.”
• District graduations will be held Sunday, May 28 at the following times: Torrington High School, 1 p.m.; Lingle-Fort Laramie High School, 3 p.m.;
SEHS, 5 p.m.
• The last day of school is Wednesday, May 31 due to the addition of two snow make-up days. There will be a 1:30 p.m.
• The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Central Administration building.

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