By Jennifer Kotila
HOWARD LAKE, WAVERLY, WINSTED, MN Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board approved contracts for the elementary, middle, and high school principals, the community education director, and the early childhood family education coordinator at last Monday’s meeting.
The community education director and principals each received approximately a 9 percent increase in their salaries and benefits over the period of the two-year contracts.
Superintendent Brad Sellner noted that salaries for the community education director and principals were frozen in 2011-12.
They will also receive a $25 per month increase in their cell phone stipends, and health insurance contributions will increase from $7,839 to $8,500 annually.
Beginning with the contract years of 2011-12, all school employees will be allowed to convert some sick leave days to cash at a rate of $100 per day.
If 65 or more sick days are accumulated by employees, the district will pay out up to four sick days (maximum $400).
The money will go into a retirement account, because there is no severance upon retirement from the district.
Community Education Director Margaret Marketon will receive an additional $2,600 in year one, and $2,750 in year two.
Marketon’s current salary is $58,049, and will be approximately $60,649 in 2012-13, and $64,000 in 2013-14.
Marketon’s life insurance coverage also increased to $75,000.
Elementary School Principal Jennifer Olson will receive a salary increase of $3,247 in year one, and $4,350 in year two.
Olson’s current salary is $81,753, and will be approximately $85,000 in 2012-13, and $89,350 in 2013-14.
Middle School Principal Jim Schimelpfenig will receive a $3,000 increase in year one, and $4,350 in year two.
Schimelfenig’s current salary is $82,000, and will be approximately $85,000 in 2012-13, and $89,350 in 2013-14.
High School Principal Jason Mix was a new hire this year, receiving a salary of $85,000.
His salary will increase by $5,750 in year two of the contract, raising his salary to approximately $90,750.
Principals will also be reimbursed $75 for their Minnesota Board of School Administrators membership fee.
The early childhood family education coordinator was a new hire in 2012-13, and the contract will increase 1.75 percent in 2013-14.