By: Diane Benjamin
Unit 5 has another Community Engagement meeting tonight! 6-7:30 at Parkside. See the other two meetings in this story: https://blnnews.com/2022/05/18/middle-of-the-road-college-at-veterans-pkwy/
Maybe somebody will ask them to explain this:
Remember Superintendent Kristen Weikle claiming on video nobody got 7+% raises between 2019 and 2020? https://blnnews.com/2022/05/07/unit-5-word-salad/
OpenTheBooks.com showed total salaries increased 7.9%. Since their data is difficult to manipulate, I FOIA’d the amounts reported to the Teacher’s Retirement System and got 2 Excel spreadsheets. Putting them together produced the data on who got raises.
Between 2019 and 2020 LOTS of people got big salary increases. I am ignoring (for now) all of those who were less than 6%. That leaves 346 people between 6% and 32.8%.
Yes, promotion to principal does raise your salary considerably. I’m still researching what position the 85 people who received raises between 11% and 32.8% hold. Obviously all weren’t promoted to principal.
The below is a teacher. She isn’t long term and her bio says nothing about anything more than a bachelors degree. Unit 5 needs to explain why she got a 10.1% increase between 2019 and 2020. It wasn’t to compensate her for working during Covid, it was a permanent wage increase. I have 85 names who received raises of 10%-16%.
The name is redacted for now. I have a lot more work to do. Is this why Unit 5 needs a property tax increase?