Some DACC employees may get a raise

DANVILLE — Some Danville Area Community College employees could be getting a raise in the new fiscal year.

DACC trustees on Tuesday will vote on whether to approve a 2012-13 salary schedule for 55 administrators and grant-funded administrators and seven confidential support staff. Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Vermilion Hall, Room 302, at the campus, 2000 E. Main St. A copy of the agenda and board packet is available online at

Under the recommendation, administrators and grant-funded administrators and professional staff with a base salary of $55,000 or more would receive a 2.9 percent increase. Those with a base salary of less than $55,000 would receive a 3 percent increase plus an additional flat amount of $200.

Also, grand-funded support staff and confidential support staff would receive a 4 percent increase.

The increases will cost the college's operations fund about an additional $87,000 in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, Chief Financial Officer Tammy Clark-Betancourt said.

In addition, five employees, who have changed positions, would receive an equity adjustment. They include:

— Clark-Betancourt, who would receive an increase of about $2,596.

— Ron Frerichs, building service attendant, who would receive an increase of about $526.

— Timothy Morgan, academic adviser, who would receive an increase of about $292.

— Amie Musk, academic adviser, who would receive a $567 increase.

— And Carol Neff, office specialist, who would receive an increase of about $852.

The employees were appointed to their current jobs, but the salaries that went with them were more than 6 percent over their old salary. Employees are prohibited from receiving an increase above 6 percent in a year, so the higher salaries are being phased in over multiple years.

"We have a very hard-working dedicated staff," Dave Kietzmann, vice president of instruction and student services, said.

Over the past few years, he said, the college has reduced the number of administrators and support staff by more than 20 and used the resources to hire faculty to start new programs. "We've just come off the two highest years of enrollment, and we've handled it with less staff. That's why (DACC President Alice) Jacobs is making the recommendations that she has."

Kietzmann added that unlike faculty and staff at other universities and K-12 public schools, the employees pay 8 percent toward their retirement.

"Other organizations typically pick up that contribution," he said.

Also at the meeting, the board will vote on whether to approve the 2014 fiscal year projects on the college's resource allocation and management plan, which must be sent to the state as part of the procedure to receive project funding in the future.

They include: the Technology Center classroom/bay addition, estimated at about $3.16 million; the Clock Tower Center renovation, estimated at about $2.67 million; the ornamental horticulture rehabilitation, estimated at $475,700; and the campus storage facility, estimated at $1.37 million.

The college would be required to provide a 25 percent match, or about $1.9 million.

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