Dysart board OKs new salary plan: 10 percent raise for certified, licensed employees

Valley Vista High School students participate in the May 22 Dysart Unified School District graduation ceremony at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale. Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick told the Governing Board the district graduated 1,900 seniors this year. [Courtesy of DUSD]

Jennifer Jimenez
Independent Newsmedia

School officials sought approval from the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board for the 2018-19 salary placement schedules for certified, licensed, classified and administrative employees during the May 23 governing board meeting at the Nathaniel Dysart Education Center, 15802 N. Parkview Place

.The draft schedules were discussed at a previous meeting and were up for approval, including a 10 percent increase to the cap for returning certified and licensed employees, an 8 percent increase to the minimum base salary for new hires, and 5 percent more for classified and administrative employees.

The salary scheduled gives a starting point for new hires and is based on education, experience and other factors related to salary placement when hired.

Governing board members in attendance included president Traci Sawyer-Sinkbeil, Dr. Spencer Bailey and Jay Leonard. They voted 3-0 in favor of the measure.

Pay rates for substitute teachers were also voted approved by the board at $110 per day on an assignment lasting from one day up to 14 days. The long-term rate is $150 per day.

A long-term assignment is any past 15 days of continuous service in the same assignment or any assignment to fill a a vacant position, where the substitute teacher is expected from day one to manage the entire classroom.

These include responsibilities for preparing lesson plans, grading, attending faculty meetings, training and otherwise fulfilling all the responsibilities of a contracted certificated staff member. Classified substitute compensation structure was approved as well, with proposed new amounts ranging from $11.03 to $18.44 depending on the classified position and salary schedule.

The board set a June 27 date to hold the executive session for the evaluation by Dysart Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick.

“I will be presenting in a public meeting the summary of the goals and outcomes and then will be evaluated,” Ms. Pletnick said.

The board also provided updates, including looking back on the graduations held May 22. Ms. Pletnick said there were 1,900 seniors who received diplomas and earned $34 million in scholarships.

“This has certainly been a successful year and our district being able to walk the students to the next part of their lives is incredible,” Ms. Pletnick said. “Congrats to all the graduates and also to the board for all your hard work.”

Mr. Bailey said the highlight of being on the board is getting to attend graduation and said it was a pleasure to see the students and all the excitement they have as they move forward in their lives and said they are going to change the world.

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