Five contracts resolved with the Little Falls School District

By Tina Snell

Staff Writer

tina.snell@mcrecord.com

 

Contract agreements were reached with Little Falls School District employees with little fanfare. The groups with new contracts include Minnesota State Education Association (MSEA) specialists, MSEA food service employees, MSEA secretaries and paraprofessionals, MSEA business office clerks and the superintendent.

All agreed on a three-year contract which include benefits.

The specialists will receive a 3.98 percent increase (a total package of $136,835)  for the 2014-15 school year, a 2.69 percent increase ($140,513) for the 2015-16 school year and a 2.22 percent increase ($143,630) for the 2016-17 school year.

The food service employees will receive a 5.18 percent increase ($480,882) for the 2014-15 school year, a 1.86 percent increase ($489,826) for the 2015-16 school year and a 1.89 percent increase ($499,108) for the 2016-17 school year.

The secretaries and paraprofessionals contract states they will receive a 5.97 percent increase ($2,563,257) in the 2014-15 school year, a 1.07 percent increase ($2,590,788) in the 2015-16 school year and a 2.01 percent increase ($2,642,830) for the 2016-17 school year.

The business office clerks agreed to a 5.93 percent increase ($295,293) for the 2014-15 school year, a 1.35 percent increase ($299,272) for the 2015-16 school year and a 1.59 percent increase ($304,034) for the 2016-17 school year.

Business Manager Nancy Henderson said negotiations went exceedingly well.

“The specialists, the food service employees and the secretary/paraprofessional contracts were all negotiated in one day,” she said.

Superintendent Stephen Jones also agreed on a three-year contract beginning with the 2015-16 school year. At that time, he will receive a 4.87 percent increase  ($211,867). For the 2016-17 school year, he will receive a 2.21 percent increase ($216,541) and a 1.88 percent increase for the 2017-18 school year ($220,604).

“(Supt. Stephen) Jones was offered a 2 percent increase on his salary each year before benefits, but he negotiated down to a 1.75 percent increase,” said Councilman Brad Laager. “That’s the first time that has ever happened.”

 

  • LF Taxpayer

    Can you beat this Super?
    We are well served to have him.

    • Jeff

      At a $200K salary one can afford to give up .25% of ones increase.
      The salary is just the beginning of a superintendents benefits.
      Can anyone explain to me what makes this position worth this kind of money?

      • LF Taxpayer

        According to the article he offered to take less, whether or not he can absorb that doesn’t matter, who does that? If you are in town you will see him virtually everywhere at many functions, also I would guess (read, I am not going to spend the time to research) this is similar compensation for a company CEO with this many employees, real estate and facilities. I make substantially less than Mr. Jones, but I also have substantially less education and experience in my field.

        • Jeff

          Company ceo’s salaries are not paid for by local/state taxes.

          • robin hensel

            Good point jeff….200k is RIDICULOUS!!

          • LF Taxpayer

            So you are king for a day; what should the Sups salary be?

          • Jeff

            Lets make one thing clear, I am sure Mr. Jones is fine upstanding individual that has worked very hard to get where he is today. My beef is not with our particular superintendent, but with all superintendents and principals across this country!!…. Between the two positions salaries, they are earning “One Third Of A Million Dollars”!! Thats a lot of money no matter how you look at it… While schools are struggling financially we are paying these types of wages. And they continue to ask for more in the form of tax increases. So, to answer your question LF Taxpayer, I think a fair wage for our superintendent would be somewhere in the range of $80K to $100K (and increased if they consolidated the superintendent and principals position into one position: Super-Prince!!!:) (Is there really a need for both positions?)

          • LF Taxpayer

            Yes there is, frankly liberal politicians have instituted so many rules, restrictions, mandates, etc. that it is nearly impossible to comply with all of them. The same liberals then complain that it takes people with the education and salary demands such as this.

          • Jeff

            Thanks for clarifying.

          • robin hensel

            Lftaxpayer(I am taxpayer also)…..your council pres…mayor….and most other councilors..plus city atty…city admin and 2 former co city admin with the help of the league of mn atty team have created NUMEROUS RESTRICTIVE ORDINANCES that will CO$T all taxpayers TENS IF THOUSANDS to enforce and if these many BIG GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIVE ORDINANCES are ILLEGALLY SELECTIVELY ENFORCED as they continue to be…..there will inevitably be more lawsuits. As there SHOULD BE when BIG GOVERNMENT OVER PAID CITY STAFF don’t perform their duties legally and fairly!!!!

          • Rick Witte

            LF lets be real as regulations and mandates on Schools have been put in place by both parties. I dont see the LF School Board as being a bunch of flaming Liberals.

          • Rick Witte

            Jeff in an way their salaries are partially paid by Local/State taxes. Localities and States purchase things. These things bring profit to a company which then uses the garnered revenue to pay salaries. Granted the State and Municipalities do not pay the salaries directly as you state but they do contribute to the pot of revenue with which salaries are paid.

        • Rick Witte

          LF it would be interesting to find out what level of compensation these persons believe would attract a qualified and experience field of candidates for the position.

          • Jeff

            Please don’t talk down to me Rick! (ie;These persons)
            Compensation is not, and should not, be the only attractant to lure a “qualified” and “experienced ” candidate.

          • Rick Witte

            Jeff you take offense too easily; relax.

            Certainly compensation would not be the singular attractant, but it is the one we are talking about.

          • Jeff

            True, it was early morning when I replied (not s morning person) Thanks!

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