Champaign school board OKs raises for support workers

Champaign school board OKs raises for support workers

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board Monday approved 1 percent raises for school district support personnel, retroactive to July 1 of last year.

Employees who will receive that raise are those who are not in the unions that represent other support personnel and are not administrators.

Ken Kleber, the school district's executive director of human resources, said the raise will affect "a very small number" of school district employees.

The raises will cost the school district about $8,700.

Raises for support personnel are tied to raises negotiated by the Champaign Educational Support Professionals, the union that represents the school district's bus drivers, secretary, teacher's aides and more.

The school board approved a 1 percent retroactive raise for those employees earlier this month. A stipulation in the union's existing three-year contract allowed it to be reopened if the school district's teachers negotiated a 3 percent or higher raise. That happened with a new teachers' contract approved last fall.

The school board also unanimously approved a proposal for a wireless network throughout the school district. The new network will cost about $765,000, to be paid for with money from working cash bonds the school board approved issuing earlier this month.

The school board also hired Sean Morrison as permanent principal of Westview Elementary, beginning July 1. Morrison is currently the interim principal at that school, and served as the school's assistant principal from 2009-2012. He replaces former Principal Barb Daly, who retired.

"Westview is a great school and I'm so proud of it," Morrison told the board Monday.