School administrators win pay raises

Huntington County Community School Corporation administrators will see a 3.3 percent salary increase and one-time stipend added to their paychecks.

The corporation's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the pay raise during their meeting on Monday evening, Oct. 14.

The board tabled the discussion of raising pay for the corporation's classified employees, asking for more information from Assistant Superintendent of Business and Classified Staff Jon Bennett and Corporation Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

"I want to be as fair as we possibly can," said board President Kevin Patrick.
He says he wants to see comparisons between a 50-cent pay raise for all classified (non-teaching) employees across the corporation and a 3.3 percent pay raise for the same employees.

Also discussed was the possibility of approving a 50-cent pay raise for all classified employees earning less than $15 per hour, and a 3.3 percent pay raise for those earning $15 per hour and above.

In other business:

• Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Charles Grable reported an 82.4 percent passing rate on the spring 2013 ISTEP+ scores. He says passing rate is down from the previous year's passing rate of 83 percent, but overall the administration is happy with the scores.

• New coaches were hired. They are Darrell Dorsett, assistant wrestling, Huntington North High School; Kenny Foust, eighth grade boys' basketball, Crestview Middle School; Diane Miller, assistant girls' basketball, HNHS; Ben Ryan, assistant boys' basketball, HNHS; and Sam Ryan, assistant boys' basketball, HNHS.

• Also hired were Colin Ahlfeld, as a special education paraprofessional at Lincoln Elementary, and Richard Paschal, bus driver.

• Donations were accepted from Teacher's Credit Union in the amount of $250 and Amor Construction in the amount of $500 for Flint Springs Elementary to build a "gaga pit" to be used for student's to play the recreational game "gaga" on their playground.
Also, a donation from Noel and Jill Elzroth in the amount of $100 was approved for use at Lancaster Elementary for academics or athletics related directly to students.

• A public hearing of the HCCSC 2014 budget was held. No objections or discussion were brought forth from the public. The board will approve the budget during their next meeting, on Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Horace Mann Educational Center.