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Dassel-Cokato secretaries receive significant raises
Dec. 2, 2013
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By Jennifer Kotila
Staff Writer

DASSEL-COKATO, MN – In an effort to bring the Dassel-Cokato School District into compliance with comparable worth laws, the school board ratified several contracts with significant raises for secretaries throughout the district.

“The adjustments made allow us to be in compliance and stay in compliance into the future,” said Superintendent Jeff Powers after noting the considerable increases. “There have been times when we were nearly out of compliance.”

If the district does not come into, and remain in, compliance with comparable worth laws, it can lose 5 percent of its state funding (approximately $800,000), or be fined $100 per day while out of compliance, whichever is greater, according to District Business Manager Tina Palmer.

The raises that will be given to several secretaries range from 2.21 to 8.79 percent in the first year, and 3 to 6.25 percent in the second year.

Those secretaries who will be receiving raises and the amounts are:

• activity and facilities secretary – 4.64 percent in year one, and 3 percent in year two; as well as an $800-increase to the health insurance cap.

• district office secretary – 2.21 percent in year one, and 3 percent in year two; as well as an $800-increase to the health insurance cap.

• community education/early childhood family education secretary – 5.45 percent in year one, and 3.7 percent in year two; as well as an $800-increase to the health insurance cap.

• food services secretary – 5.45 percent in year one, and 3.7 percent in year two; as well as an $800-increase to the health insurance cap.

• special education/ curriculum secretary – 7.98 percent in year one, and 3.75 percent in year two; as well as an $800-increase to the health insurance cap.

• district bookkeeper – 8.79 percent in year one, and 6.25 percent in year two; as well as an $800-increase to the health insurance cap.

Other contracts that were ratified include:

• Internet technology specialists – 2 percent increase in year one and two, as well as an $800-increase to the health insurance cap.

• help desk analyst – two percent increase in year one and two, as well as a $700-increase to the health insurance cap.

The total impact of the raises over two years is a total of $28,309, according to Palmer.

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