FORT WAYNE – Southwest Allen County Schools board members agreed Tuesday to increase the district’s administrative salary scale.
The changes were necessary to bring the salaries closer to the middle of what other schools in the region were offering, said John Blum, school board president.
The administrative salary scale, which includes seven different levels of pay for each administrator, was recalibrated and adjusted, Business Manager Jim Coplen said. Some levels were increased more than others.
It does not necessarily mean that there is an automatic increase and that every administrator will see an increase in pay, Coplen said. The pay levels are different for every administrator across the district.
Salaries were indexed off the highest base teacher’s salary of $65,000. Following are the different positions with the lowest and highest levels of income:
Assistant superintendent: $106,600 to $120,250
Business manager: $99,125 to $112,775
Director of technology: $85,800 to $97,500
Director of personnel: $93,600 to $105,300
Director of special education: $90,025 to $101,725
High school principal: $99,450 to $113,100
High school assistant principal, athletic director and elementary principal: $84,825 to $96,525
High school assistant principal: $80,080 to $91,000
Middle school principal: $89,050 to $100,750
Middle school assistant principal: $76,050 to $87,750
Elementary assistant principal: $69,225 to $78,975
Director of maintenance: $74,100 to $81,900
Social worker and director of transportation: $74,100 to 81,900
Director of food services: $62,662 to $71,207
Dean of students: $68,000 to $74,000
In other business, school lunch fees were increased by a nickel, although the reduced-price lunch cost of 40 cents will stay the same.
The fees must be increased to meet weighted average pricing set by the federal school lunch program, Coplen said.
Breakfast will be $1.60; elementary lunch, $1.65; middle school lunch, $1.80; and high school lunch, $1.85.
We had to increase it 10 cents across the board last year because of the federal requirement, Coplen said.
Board members also heard the initial outline of a plan for seniors graduating in 2016 called the Senior Experience. The program, which is being developed by Steve Lake and Park Ginder, assistant principal and principal of Homestead High School, respectively, will be administered with the help of local colleges and universities and will redesign students’ senior year, Lake said.
The seniors, who will have a separate space, will be treated more like adults and given more responsibility and flexible scheduling, mimicking a college campus but with adult supervision, Lake said.