District 281 Employees Cash In

July 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

By Andrew Richter

It’s that time! Time for the taxpayers to pay up to District 281! No I’m not talking about the referendum this year, I’m talking about their ridiculous employee contracts!

District 281 principals will get two salary increases and a larger contribution to their health insurance in a new employment agreement between the district and the Robbinsdale Area Principals Association. The agreement, which is retroactive to September 2013 and is effective through the 2014-2015 school year, calls for a 2.25 percent increase in the principals’ salaries for each year of the two year contract.

District principals will also receive a $2,000 “Professional Responsibility Stipend” in the second year of the contract as part of the district’s Alternative Compensation plan. $1,500 of the stipend is designed, “to compensate principals for responsibilities and goals supporting and achieving” tenured and non-tenured teacher evaluations. $250 is given to aid principals’ personal leadership goals and another $250 goes towards their cultural leadership goals. A “Memorandum of Understanding” will be drafted, effective for the 2014-15 school year, specifying those responsibilities and goals.

A Stipend? What is that? Some liberal version of merit pay? $250? With what these guys pull down a year what’s the big deal if they don’t get it?

The district’s contributions towards its principals’ health care plans will also be increased by $50 per month in the contract’s first year and $35 per month in its second.

Let me translate that: That is a raise of $600 a year in year 1 and a $420 raise in year 2.

Clarifying language was also added to the contract regarding payment for unused sick leave. The two pay bumps will increase the average elementary principal’s salary from $109,000 to $112,000, the average middle school principal’s salary from $117,000 to $120,000, and the average high school principal’s salary from $121,000 to $124,000.

So with 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools (not counting Highview) that add up to AT LEAST $1,566,000 in salary for the 14 principals. I’m guessing they are getting AT LEAST $40,000 in benefits as well. So that means it cost $2,126,000 just for principals!!!!!!!

The employment agreement was ratified by the association on June 12 and unanimously approved by the school board at its July 7 meeting.

Look at all that dissent!! You mean even the “conservative” Mark Bomchill voted yes??

Sicoli’s contract

Supt. Aldo Sicoli also reached an employment agreement with the district, which was unanimously approved at the same meeting.

Once again, nobody willing to stand with the taxpayers.

Unlike the principals’ contract – or the recently-approved contract between the district and teachers’ union – Sicoli’s agreement is not retroactive. It will begin July 1, 2015 and run through June 30, 2018. Until then, Sicoli and the district will operate under the terms of his current contract.

When the contract does take effect, it will provide Sicoli with a 1.25 percent salary increase during each of its three years. It also adds language to bring it in line with the Affordable Care Act, as put forward by the Minnesota School Boards Association, said Board Director Sherry Tyrell. Sicoli’s health insurance plan and the district’s contributions to it will not change, however.

In addition, Sicoli will be paid a flat stipend of $450 per month for vehicle mileage instead of being compensated per mile, as he had been previously. Board Director Sherry Tyrell said that the “vast majority” of nearby districts have similar plans for their superintendents.

$450 a month!!!!!! Where does he live Milwaukee? How many of you get paid to drive to work?

According to data supplied by Tyrell, those districts include Edina ($700 per month), Bloomington ($600 per month), and Wayzata schools ($700 per month). Districts with lower stipends include Eden Prairie ($400 per month), Brooklyn Center ($250 per month) and Richfield (no stipend).

Oh well we all know government; monkey see monkey do. How about we do something different? Let’s follow Richfield’s lead and offer nothing. Maybe other districts follow us. How about we be leaders not followers!

Sicoli will also be paid $100 per month for cell phone usage – including data. The superintendent’s current yearly salary is $186,501, and the district pays the premium for his health insurance plan. At the conclusion of the agreement in 2018, Sicoli’s salary will be $193,582.

What? $192,000 a year and he can’t pay for his own frickin’ cell phone?

And they want money for a referendum……..



Entry filed under: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Community, Crystal, Education, Golden Valley, New Hope, Plymouth, Referendum, School Board, Unions.

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