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DCSD Board of Education approves employee compensation increases

CASTLE ROCK – In a special meeting of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education, Directors approved employee compensation increases for FY 2014.
 
Compensation increases are tied to performance. The highest performing employees will receive an increase of 9.2%, based on DCSD's 12 Block Compensation Increase Plan.  The average increase is 5.2%.  All employees will receive an increase to their total compensation package. 
 
“We have excellent teachers and employees,” said Board of Education President John Carson.  “We want to continue to attract and retain the very best.”
 
“These increases are very much deserved by our staff,” continued Carson.  “We value the hard work of our employees and their dedication to our students.”
 
On a vote of 6-0, the Board of Education approved the following resolution:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, RE-1
 
WHEREAS, the Douglas County Board of Education since 2009 has consistently promoted the concept that the best way to attract and retain the best teachers and employees to meet the needs of our students, and to drive excellence in the our schools is to compensate District employees as professionals according to their individual performance, and in recognition that the skills they possess have value in the greater labor market, and
 
WHEREAS, the District, with the active participation of the teachers and staff of the District, has spent several years developing an evaluation system to meet the requirements of Senate Bill 191 for certified teachers, and
 
WHEREAS, until this school year, many teachers in Douglas County were subjected to pay freezes on the old salary schedule, which, coupled with the District’s practical necessity to hire new employees at competitive salaries, caused inequities in pay for many teachers, and
 
WHEREAS, through sound fiscal management over the past several years, the District is in a position to provide raises for employees, cover increasing costs of state retirement and medical benefits, correct the historic market salary inequities, while, also differentiating pay increases based on individual performance, for a total compensation package increase of $15.7 million.
 
NOW THEREFORE,  BE IT RESOLVED that the duly elected Board of Education of the Douglas County School District RE-1, exercising its sovereign and exclusive powers under Article IX, Section 15 of the Colorado Constitution to set compensation for employees, takes the following actions:
 
1.    The Board of Education approves the District offering pay increases to all licensed staff with an average pay increase of 2 percent ongoing raises, and 2 percent one-time pay, differentiating these pay increases and one-time pay for the employee’s performance on the evaluation system, and where the licensed teacher’s current salary is in relation to the market in accordance with the attached Exhibit A , and 
 
2.    The Board of Education approves the District offering pay increases to all classified, professional/technical and administrators with an average pay increase of 2 percent ongoing raises, and 2 percent one-time pay, differentiated for employees’ performance, and
 
3.    The Board of Education approves the District covering the increases in state retirement and the increases in full time employees’ only medical benefits.
 
            APPROVED this 14th day of May, 2013, by a vote of 6-0
May 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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