The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

December 10, 2013

School executive pay on ACS meeting agenda

ANDERSON — Anderson school administrators and executive staff members could get pay raises as a result of today’s school board meeting.

”I’m sure the (teachers) union is not happy about that,” Tim Long, Anderson Community Schools board member, said in an interview Monday. Long added that the master contract between the Anderson Federation of Teachers and the school board prevents giving raises to teachers.

Former AFT President Rick Muir said recently that as long as the contract isn’t reopened to negotiate pay or benefits, the language in the 150-plus-page contract should remain intact. Some attorneys argue that the language will be voided if it’s reopened. Otherwise the contract will expire Dec. 31, 2018. Teachers still get incremental pay increases yearly as part of the contract.

“That contract is actually making it hard for us to hire teachers,” Long said. “Right now I’d say we’re in the lower third for starting pay for teachers. In the next couple of years, we’ll be at the bottom, because our hands are tied.”

The item is listed on tonight’s school board agenda as “performance pay.” Long said the raises for administrators will be based on ISTEP and school and system grade results.

In an unrelated matter, Mayor Kevin Smith told The Herald Bulletin on Monday he didn’t plan to bring up the future of the Wigwam at the school board meeting. But Smith said some talks have been going on between city and school officials about what to do with the decaying building.

Long said part of the roof of the Wigwam is 33 years old and another part is 29 years old, and those roofs were designed for 20- to 25-year lives, he added. The Wigwam’s electrical system dates from the 1960s and the boilers are 1970s vintage, Long said. He added that the Wigwam would not be capable of hosting an entertainment event now, such as the Harlem Globetrotters who he saw perform there years ago.

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