R-4 teachers get pay raise

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Cassville R-4 School Board voted to give teachers a raise at the board's June meeting.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, the base teacher's salary will increase by $1,000 from $33,500 to $34,500. The pay boost matches the request presented by the district's Salary and Welfare Committee.

The committee also asked the board to consider a $100 step increase for experience from $750 to $850 at six and 11 years and from $1,000 to $1,100 at 16, 21 and 26 years, but the board took no action on that request. In May, R-4 board members did vote to fund the teachers' health insurance benefit at 100 percent, which was another recommendation by the salary committee.

School board members also approved a 30-cent increase in base pay for the district's classified staff, which includes cafeteria, maintenance, custodial, teachers' aides and secretarial workers.

Administrative salaries were also set for the coming school year at the following levels: Richard Asbill, superintendent, $103,250; Jill LeCompte, assistant superintendent, $88,300; Chris Redmon, high school principal, $85,590; Coy Dalton, assistant high school principal, $73,500; Melanie Stringer, middle school principal, $72,750; Ben Abramovitz, assistant middle school principal, $65,750; Eric White, intermediate school principal, $78,125; Catherine Weaver, primary school principal, $81,875; and Amy Stephenson, special services director, $70,500.

In other business, the school board:

* Approved the project design for the Cassville High School FEMA shelter as presented.

* Accepted the resignations of bus drivers Gary Henderson and Walt Hasler and the resignation of Jamie Culp, a new hire for intermediate fifth grade teacher.

*Approved building handbooks for the 2013-14 school year.

* Approved the DARE/public education officer agreement with the City of Cassville for the 2013-14 school year.

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