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KPS increases salary range for Classified Staff

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Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 5:40 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Kearney Public School Board has approved a substantial increase in wages for Classified Staff during its meeting on Monday.

“Our classified staff is essential to the normal operations of our school system. Our board took a large step to demonstrate their value and importance of their work. This wage increase will help KPS retain our current staff and recruit the best available employees out there,” said Kent Edwards, KPS Superintendent. “Working for a school system is a great opportunity to make a difference and now we can better compensate those who work with our students and staff.”

Dr. Loofe, Director of Finance, indicated during his proposal presentation that “due to an extremely competitive employment market in Kearney, KPS needed to examine the salary ranges for our hard working classified employees. Two years ago, our salary ranges were in line with the rest of the employers in town. As times have changed, KPS was not as competitive as we needed to be. Our goal is not only to recruit new folks to KPS but to also retain those who have stuck with us during these times.”

Loofe also shared that this increase in wages for Classified employees will be in effect for the remainder of this year and for the 2022-2023 school year with current step placement being applied to this proposal. “Although no step movements will be made until the 2023-2024 school year, adjusting the salary range and placing our folks at their current step in January 2021, exceeds the annual cost of living adjustment and step increase one normally receives on an annual basis.”

Additionally, the Board of Education approved adding four additional lunchroom para professionals so that every elementary school is equally staffed.

Kathy Gifford, Board President, stated, “As a board, we adopted this proposal because of the value and essential skills these positions provide to our educational system.”

The Board of Education was able to reduce the tax levy in this budget and with the increase in valuation, KPS is able to use the increased funding for Classified employee wages. Funding for the 21-22 wage increases and additions will come from the 2021-2022 Budget which includes $1,053,000.00 additional revenues from our valuation increase. Funding for the increases in 2022-2023 will be budgeted accordingly.

The new salary ranges are as follows:

Paras

Para I’s: Lunchroom Paras

Current range: $11.56-$15.55 / New range: $13.75-$18.49

Para II’s: Regular Classroom Paras

Current range: $11.85-$15.94 / New range: $14.09-$18.95

Para III’s: Media Paras

Current range: $12.15-$16.34 / New range: $14.44-$19.42

Para IV’s: Special Education and Program Paras

Current range: $12.76-$17.17 / New range: $18.49-$24.87

Para V’s: EL Paras

Current range: $12.76-$17.17 / New range: $15.17-$20.41

Secretaries

Office Assistant

Current rate: $12.76 - $16.75 / New rate: $15.17 - $19.91

Office Associate 1

Current rate: $13.41 - $18.04/ New rate: $15.94 - $21.44

Office Associate 2

Current rate: $14.44 - $19.42 / New rate: $17.17 - $23.09

Office Associate 3

Current rate: $15.55 - $20.92 / New rate: $18.49 - $24.87

Office Associate 4

Current rate: $17.1 - $23.09 / New rate: $20.41 - $27.45

Office Associate 5

Current rate: $19.42 - $27.45 / New rate: $23.67 - $31.84

Accounting/Registar/HR Secretary

Current rate: $21.98 - $31.06 / New rate: $26.13 - $35.16

Executive Secretary

Current rate: $23.67 - $33.46 / New rate: $28.14 - $37.86

Custodians

Custodian

Current rate: $14.80 - $18.04 / New rate: $16.75 - $20.41

Assistant Head Custodian

Current rate: $15.94 - $19.42 / New rate: $18.04 - $21.98

Head Custodian

Current rate: $18.04 - $24.26 / New rate:$20.41 - $27.45

Head Groundskeeper

Current rate: $17.60 - $23.67 / New rate: $19.91 - $26.78

Maintenance Worker

Current rate: $21.44 - $29.56 / New rate: $24.26 - $33.46

Maintenance Tech/HVAC

Current rate: $23.09 - $32.64 / New rate: $26.13 - $36.94

Transportation

Mechanic

Current rate: $18.95 - $30.30 / New rate: $19.91 - $31.84

Para II (Same as above)

Current rate: $11.85 - $15.94 / New rate: $15.55 - $20.92

Small Vehicle Driver

Current rate: $15.17 - $20.41 / New rate: $15.94 - $21.44

Bus Driver

Current rate: $17.60 - $24.87 / New rate: $18.49 - $26.13

Operations/Driver

Current rate: $18.49 - $26.13 / New rate: $19.42 - $27.45

Food Service

Food Service Worker

Current rate: $11.56 - $15.55 / New rate: $15.55 - $20.92

Food Service Supervisor 1

Current rate: $14.80 - $19.91 / New rate: $18.49 - $24.87

Food Service Supervisor 2

Current rate: $15.55 - $20.92 / New rate: $19.42 - $26.13

Food Service Supervisor 3

Current rate: $15.94 - $21.44 / New rate: $19.91 - $26.78

Head Cook

Current rate: $13.41 - $18.04 / New rate:$17.60 - $23.67

Delivery Driver

Current rate: $13.41 - $18.04 / New rate:$17.60 - $23.67

Other

Accompanist

Current rate: $15.17 - $19.91 /New rate: $16.75 - $21.98

Coordinators :

Current rate: $18.95 - $25.49 (No change to salary range as these are new positions this year)

Foreign Language & Sign Language Interpreter (with certification)

Current rate:$19.42 - $26.78 / New rate: $21.98 - $30.30

Foreign Language Interpreter (without certification)

Current rate: $16.75 - $22.53 / New rate: $21.44 - $28.84

LPNs

Current rate: $18.49 - $24.87 / New rate: $20.41 - $27.45

CNAs

Current rate: $16.34 - $21.98 / New rate: $18.04 - $24.87

Computer Technician 1

Current rate: $21.44 - $28.84 / New rate: $24.26 - $32.64

Computer Technician 2

Current rate: $23.09 - $31.06 / New rate: $26.13 - $35.16

Computer System Support

Current rate: $31.06 - $43.90 / New rate: $35.16 - $48.46

Currently, KPS has 12 Classified vacancies available. For more information about the positions please visit TalentEd Hire.

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