Campbell County School District employees will see an increase in pay this fall. The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night on a solution that’s mutually beneficial.
Superintendent Alex Ayers told the board that after meeting with staff communicators representing both the certified and non-certified employees, their recommendations would apply to everyone in the district, except those who were already topped out on the pay scale.
For non-certified staff, or education support personnel (ESP), the recommendation was for a 4 percent increase. Certified staff, including teachers, were recommending a $1,300 increase to the base and across the board.
Ayers agreed with the recommendations, but was concerned about the bottleneck that two years of salary freezes in the district was doing to a growing number of employees.
Currently, the district has employees in their first year earning the same salary as a teacher with up to five years in the classroom.
Ayers proposed a counter to those staff communicators that would not only meet the needs of the staff, but also allow for an across the board step up on the salary scale.
The final recommendation was to give every returning employee a step up on the salary schedule. For teachers, Ayers said, the step is equal to $1,100. In addition, the base pay for teachers would be increased by $750. For ESP staff, a step increase equal to 3 percent would be coupled with a base increase of 1.56 percent.
For those employees who are topped out, Ayers recommended a one-time 1 percent stipend paid out in the 2019-20 school year.
Part of the final recommendation was for the district to no longer pay the .375 percent employee contribution increase into the Wyoming Retirement System.
In addition to the salary and benefit recommendations, the school board approved giving all district staff a one-time bonus stipend of 1.5 percent of their current salary that will be paid out before school lets out for the summer.
Board Chair Anne Oches said the bonus is possible thanks to the district administrations’ budget management practices and also the district’s wellness participation rate, which was 92.2 percent for the current school year.
The participation rate, and the dollar amount of claims resulted in a 3 percent decrease for all employee medical plans beginning on Sept. 1.