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Erie School Board Considers Salary Hikes, Approves Just One

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 The Erie School Board considered salary hikes for three administrative positions at their Wednesday meeting, but approved only one.

"The board though is very sensitive to the financial situation the district is in and continues to face, they're very hesitant to make any salary adjustments at this time," said Jay Badams, the district's superintendent.

A director at the Dr James E. Barker Leadership Center will get nearly a $5,000 raise next year, bringing the salary from $96,367 to $101,186. The salary adjustment was approved 6:3. Raises for two other administrative positions did not pass.

"There's so many people with fixed income in the city of Erie, I can't in conscience vote for pay raises for anybody," said Ed Brzezinski, a board member who voted against all three raises."I voted no and it was a very difficult thing for me to do."
But at a time when the district is struggling to keep its budget balanced, even the consideration of raise sparked citizen concern.

"When you talk about raises for people, I can't be in favor of that," said Beverly Potts of Erie, in her public comment to the Board before the meeting.
"I don't want my money going into your pocket for raises, why do you have to have a raise?" said another Erie resident during the public comment.

Badams says it's a common initial reactions from citizens.

"They've been hearing for four years about the terrible financial situation the district is in, so it's understandable that any discussion of any kind of salary increase automatically gains people's attention and their ire," Badams said.

The reason for the proposed raises: eliminating some positions during budget cuts have increased the responsibilities of other positions. And many district employees have accepted years of pay freezes, as the cost of living has increased at a rate of two percent per year.

"We do have a lot of people doing a lot more work with a lot fewer resources. This (recommendation) was my attempt to help them at least keep pace with the cost of living," Badams said to the board and the audience in his report.
His words have changed at least one taxpayer's mind.

"It kind of enlightened me. He's right," Potts said. "We as citizens don't know the full impact of what happens within the school. I was thinking to him, you're talking to the wrong people, you need to be announcing this to the city where people can hear you," she said. "In that  instance, I think people would say, they do deserve a raise."

Another consideration that would bring $1,000 pay hike to a group of non-teaching positions, was tabled.

"We're in negotiations right now with our non-instructional unions and our teachers' union. Those are all in flux, so we thought it best to hold off and consider those salary increases at a later date," Badams said.

The board will meet with the teacher's union on August 19th to discuss teaching salaries, among other topics.


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