Champaign school board approves raises for 75 administrators

Champaign school board approves raises for 75 administrators

CHAMPAIGN — Seventy-five Unit 4 administrators have been awarded raises of 3 or 4 percent for meeting district goals.

The school board approved the raises Monday evening after striking them from its Jan. 14 agenda at the last minute.

"You have to have worked for us for a certain number of days during the previous calendar year, you have to have met certain evaluation grading, you have to be in the same position you were in the previous year — those are the big pieces that would make someone eligible," said Human Resources Director Ken Kleber.

Administrators in a higher position on the district's pay scale will get raises capped at 3 percent. Officials said that reflects the amount the district can safely give someone who may be nearing retirement. A law signed last year by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner financially penalizes districts that award "end-of-career" raises higher than 3 percent.

Administrators who aren't close to that cutoff point got a 4 percent increase.

"I think this was important to honor ... our administrators and the work that they've done," said board member Gianina Baker.

"But I want to push to continue to hold our administrators accountable," she added, referring to the district's overall strategic plan.

In other news, the board approved 11 construction contracts related to the renovation and expansion of South Side Elementary School and other referendum projects.

Bid for the packages offered "came in significantly above estimates," according to district documents, with most of the overages "concentrated in the general trades, roofing, electrical and low-voltage bid packages."

Options regarding rebidding and restructuring of the packages to get lower estimates are being discussed. One of the contracts approved Monday with Broeren Russo Builders was for the maximum price of $5,130,013.

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