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District Administrators Get a Raise

West Chester School District administrators will receive a 1.7 percent raise.

The following is a press release from the West Chester Area School District.

The School Board of the West Chester Area School District announced that administrative raises for the 2012-13 school year will average 1.7 percent. The Act 93 agreement covers 57 district employees, and the 1.7 percent amount represents a total compensation increase of $109,000 spread across the entire group. Of that allocation $67,000 will be used to bring some administrators who are below their position salary targets into alignment and $42,000 will be a one-time bonus averaging $742 per employee.

The agreement, which holds the administrative compensation increase to the Act 1 Index of 1.7 percent, represents an important step for the WCASD as it seeks to reach contract agreements with several bargaining units at the same time, including teachers, support staff, and custodians. These groups took a voluntary one-year pay freeze for the 2011-12 school year to extend existing contracts. District administrators, however, accepted a one-year salary freeze although the Act 93 contract called for increases, and so this represents a second straight year in which administrators have agreed to concessions with regard to Act 93 pay increases.

Board President Vince Murphy acknowledged the significance of the deal, saying, “This agreement continues to protect the financial interests of our taxpayers while allowing the Board to honor its commitments under Act 93.” Administrators are working in the final year of the agreement. Mr. Murphy added, “As we continue to negotiate with our other bargaining units, we hope they will note how one-time payouts were used successfully as part of the compensation plan for our Act 93 employees.”

In order to help close annual budget gaps, administrative staff in the district has been reduced by approximately eight percent over the past three years. 

“Like everyone else in the district, our administrators have been asked to do a lot more because of staff cuts and other reductions,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Scanlon. “Our administrators recognize the reality of the challenging economy and are working very hard to keep the focus on teaching and learning in the classroom.” 

edufan September 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM
I just saw Heidi Adsett bat her eyes and states so innocently that there is "just no money", on Action News, but there seems to be money for administrators' nonrecurring bonus and pay raises? Don't get me wrong, I did not begrudge anyone receiving a raise in this district; however, board members: please STOP picking and choosing whom you give raises to, and START working TOGETHER with the bargaining units whose contracts are not yet settled. Please bard members attend negotiations. You claim that you care about my tax dollars. Well prove it by working toward a fair deal.
jude September 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM
I agree edufan! the news ticked me off. the teachers and state employees are taking the heat for something the Republican Gov did in 2001-oh with the vote of State Rep Chris Ross I might add...thanks chris! The teachers and other employees did not know they were entering into a contract with the government that wouldn't be honored.
Star Thrower September 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM
edufan, I thought we went over the fact that what you call YOUR tax dollars are provided by the private sector .. wake up and quit obsessing over Heidi's eyes .. you do realize she's not on the negotiating team right?
Coach Clark September 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
These administrators should have set an example by forgoing their raises. They are very highly compensated already.
Star Thrower September 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM
These administrators are starting to realize it's the beginning of the end of the money tree.
SpeakYourMind September 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Corporate tax rates have decreased by 50% over the past 40 years. The effective corporate tax rate in PA now is 14.9%. 86% of all federal tax revenues are derived by W-2 wage earners through collected through payroll taxes. 71% of PA corporations pay no corporate net income taxes, whereas, 40 % of PA revenues are derived through personal income tax collections. Last I heard many teachers, government employees, & municipal employees pay payroll taxes, property taxes, and income taxes. The reality is that workers support and sustain this country, not corporations or the private sector.
SpeakYourMind September 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Coach Clark - you of all people know that the administrators took the lead and have forgone wage increases since 2010. While the County has not only given raises, they have given employee bonuses. WCASD leadership has bitten the proverbial bullet. Squeezing them for more will only lead to more good professionals leaving the district. We cannot afford that.
Egghead September 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I am seriously disgusted that a few of these highly compensated administrators, some with less than adequate performance in my opinion, are getting a raise. Like the teachers, they should be evaluated and get their compensation and raises based on performance as opposed to contracts. Does anyone every ask which administrators are performing well? Which ones don't? Which ones are costing the district money in lawsuits and/or settlement agreements? Why there are so many administrators. No, the all just keep their jobs regardless of actual performance and now get a raise on top of it all...at a time when this district is struggling to keep afloat. For the record, I am not a R. I am a concerned citizen who regularly sees a lack of accountability in schools and no one ever (both teachers and administrators included) are compensated based on performance.
Cathy Binder September 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM
You may have a point in general, but based on the data presented last night the district as a whole in terms of PSSA's is doing a pretty fine job. Now that measure with all its flaws is not what I call a true indicator of total quality, but it does say something. So, based on that I would say we do have a pretty good pay for performance package to award a "bonus" which this was. In fact, based on that line of thinking all employees in the district - aside from any contract issues should have received a bonus. They made more than the grade as far as the state is concerned.
edufan September 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM
O, S_ _ _ _ thrower, MY tax dollars that I PAY, I EARN!!!! I work very hard for my pay, and I have just as much a right as you do to state MY OPINION!!! I know Heidi; in fact, I have educated all of her children!! Ta Da!! You've just learned more about me. I KNOW that she's not on the negotiating team. In fact, the only member that I know who's on the negotiating team is Jeff Sultanek. Guess what? I KNOW HIM, TOO! I used to work in law before I became a TEACHER. Now you something else about me. ..and don't even begin to tell me that board members are on the team because they don't go to negotiations. That is what my post was all about; working TOGETHER and stop this fighting, bickering and finger pointing nonsense!

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