Despite Teacher Protests, USD 501 Board Approves Administrator Pay Hikes

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