Aberdeen Union Supporting Local Teacher’s Pay Raises at School Board Meeting

The Aberdeen Education Association continues to seek support for local teachers as talks remain on hold until August 15th, at their request.

They recently submitted a press release claiming that while the district refuses to give pay raises to teachers, three administrators are receiving pay increases of between 14 and 19 percent for the upcoming school year. Information available on the district’s website at asd5.org explains that the three in question were actually promoted to higher-paying positions.

Elyssa Louderback was promoted from Director of Finance ($103,830) to Executive Director of Business and Operations ($121,469)

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Arnie Lewis was promoted from Assistant Principal ($91,595) to Principal ($104,852)

Jim Sawin was promoted from Director of Human Resources, ($105,171) to Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources ($125,129)

Here is their Q&A section on that topic, to clarify;

A: All of our administrators received a 3.1% negotiated salary increase for 2018-19.

Three of our administrators were promoted this year, and received a pay increase pursuant to their promotion as follows:

  1. Elyssa Louderback: promotion from Director of Finance ($103,830) to Executive Director of Business and Operations ($121,469)Chart of Comparable Salaries in the Region for Executive Directors of Business and Operations (pdf)
  2. Arnie Lewis: promotion from Assistant Principal ($91,595) to Principal ($104,852)2018-2018 Salary Schedule for Aberdeen Association of School Principals (pdf)
  3. Jim Sawin: Promotion from Director of Human Resources, Title I/LAP, and Special Projects ($105,171) to Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources ($125,129)Chart of Comparable Salaries in the Region for Assistant Superintendents (pdf)

The school board hosted their regular meeting in the administration building at 216 North G Street at 5 PM Tuesday evening. Board President Sandra Bielski told a packed room last night that those meetings were not a “town hall-style meeting” and that they haven’t had one that would take that kind of input since last Fall. The Aberdeen School District board of directors adopted the 2018-2019 budget during its meeting on July 17, 2018. The board noted that negotiations are still taking place with one of the collective bargaining groups and that revisions to the plan will need to be made when there is an agreement.

As of June, the school board has reached collective bargaining agreements with five of the six employee unions. They have a meeting scheduled with the Aberdeen Education Association on August 15th to continue to try to reach an agreement with the remaining union.

The AEA Union said that Aberdeen teachers will meet later in August to decide what actions to take if there is no agreement by then.

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