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Norwalk school board hears proposed pay hikes for subs, bus drivers, certified staff

Cary Ashby • Jul 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Norwalk school board members heard treasurer Joyce Dupont’s proposed pay increases for substitute teachers, bus drivers and classified staff members.

Dupont said she wants to pay substitute teachers $90 per day and $95 daily after they have worked 40 days for the district. The proposed rate for retired teachers is $95 per day. Currently, subs earn $12 per hour at a cap of seven hours.

The treasurer recommended classified staff members be paid $10 per hour. Currently, most positions are compensated at $8.10 an hour.

The suggested hourly pay for bus drivers is $15, up from the current rate of $11.50. 

Board member John Lendrum asked Dupont where the proposed rates would put Norwalk City Schools in comparison to other districts.

“Almost to the top,” said Dupont, who hopes the pay increases will entice people to come to Norwalk to work as subs, bus drivers or certified staff.

Board members made no decisions during Tuesday’s meeting, but will vote for possible approval next month.

Also Tuesday, Dupont reviewed the budget. She said the district ended with about $881,000 in the positive for fiscal year 2016. The treasurer had predicted $600,000.

“I’m glad we ended on a positive note,” she said.

In other action, the board approved the resolution to proceed with making the district’s permanent improvement levy a continuous one, meaning it’s not new money. It has been certified by the Huron County auditor’s office and will go before voters on the November ballot.

Dupont said the 3-mill levy effectively is for 1.2 mills and is expected to bring in about $450,000 each year.

In other action, the board accepted:

• A $500 donation by Jennifer Lark to the class of 2019.

• A $1,000 donation to Main Street School and another for $490 to League Elementary by the Toledo Mud Hens to cover expenses for students to attend a game. The grant was from the Toledo Community Foundation. 

• Accepted the Dec. 22 retirement of district librarian Roslyn Hashiguchi. Superintendent George Fisk said there will be many people in the district who will be retiring in the near future, with Hashiguchi being the first of those.

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