The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

September 7, 2013

School board votes Monday on raises for administrators

By Felicia Petro
Allied News Senior Reporter

GROVE CITY — Salaries for non-union workers at Grove City schools included suggested raises as high as 4-plus percent by Superintendent Dr. Richard Mextorf.

The administrative salaries, including for Mextorf and Business Manager Kim Buchanan, will come up for a vote at the school board’s 7 p.m. meeting on Monday.

Wednesday, the board asked Mextorf to make changes before Monday to the suggested salary increases for the district’s principals and technology coordinator; eight total employees among 22 getting raises.

Mextorf had suggested that the administrators receive an extra $2,858 each for this school year, amounting to raises of 2.75 percent to 4.41 percent. Mextorf began at 2.75 percent, because that’s what teachers received.

“I couldn’t justify administrators getting any less than teachers,” he said.

Mextorf said the average teacher’s salary is $58,600, about $45 an hour. Administrators’ salaries average $43 an hour when factoring the number of hours they work, Mextorf said.

Voting down the current figures he proposed would lower morale, Mextorf said. “I don’t want this voted down and these folks feel beat up.”

He strongly suggested that Buchanan get a 3-percent raise.

“It’s not just about money. Kim is stellar. She is my right-hand person. She is a direct extension of my brain,” he said.

Buchanan’s work is similar to a chief financial officer’s with more responsibility, added board President Sue Herman.

School directors agreed to the raise; the 3-percent will would bring Buchanan’s salary to $76,694 – with an additional amount of $2,101 for acting as board secretary.

Mextorf’s salary was also discussed. He did not make guaranteed raises a part of his contract when he came to the district two years ago, adding that a colleague with half his experience has a guaranteed raise of $4,500 annually, he said.

“There’s no rhyme or reason to this. That’s why I came in and said ‘Let’s look at it (each year).’ ... You can do what you want. You won’t hurt my feelings,” he said.

Mextorf’s salary is $129,540.

He offered the directors a sheet with various raise amounts, which could bring his salary to more than $133,000 with a 2.75 percent raise to nearly $135,000 with a 3.75 percent raise.

Similar to the other administrative salaries, the board settled on a 2.75 percent raise for Mextorf.

“It’s a pretty good raise in the business world,” said Director William Reznor.