Despite Teacher Protests, USD 501 Board Approves Administrator Pay Hikes

By: WIBW
By: WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Despite objections of a packed room of teachers, the USD 501 board of education Thursday night approved pay raises for some school administrators.

A standing-room-only crowd packed the room for the session. Teachers turned out to express concerns over a total of $435,000 in proposed pay increase for principals and assistant principals.

District leaders said competitive pay was needed to avoid losing good candidates. But several teachers spoke out during public comment, questioning how the district could afford it when their raises were much less.

Jenay Weekly was one of the educators attending. She said an assistant principal - who she pointed out is a person she likes very much - received a raise of $18,000, but her raise as a teacher with 33 years of experience was only $850.

The pay increases were included in a package of what were termed "budget enhancements." Board members approved the package, 6-0.

Posted by Melissa Brunner


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email: feedback@wibw.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 263926371 - wibw.com/a?a=263926371