Salary workshop planned

School Board to meet Wednesday to discuss administrative pay

— The Steamboat Springs School Board will review the salaries and benefits of the district's administrators during a special meeting Wednesday.

School Board President Denise Connelly said the board has gathered data on administrative salaries and benefits from 11 other school districts to compare with Steamboat.

"What we need to do as an employer, we need to attract quality, good people and part of that is supply and demand," she said. "Part of that is looking at what other people are paying."

Connelly said school district lawyers resorted to filing for the salary and benefits information under the Colorado Open Records Act.

"We have the data, but we had a lot of trouble getting it," she said. "They were reluctant to send it because I believe they think it might make them less competitive if other districts know what they are paying."

The 11 districts were chosen, Connelly said, because of their size, student performance, cost of living and mountain locale.

"What we are finding, if you just get the salary info, you don't get info on things that are not real obvious," she said. "Health benefits, car allowances and all those other things that don't' show up in the salary itself."

Connelly said upgrading the salary package is needed much like the recently approved compensation package for certified and support staff.

"What we wanted to do for teachers is to get them up to the mean (salary), and we hope to do the same for administrators," she said. "Ideally, we'd like to be competing with other districts above the mean for teachers and administrators."

Superintendent Donna Howell previously said the rising costs of living in Steamboat Springs will make it harder for the district to compete and retain school district staff.

"The mill levy override allowed us to do things we may not have been able to fund, attract and retain staff with better salaries," she said. "The district tried to do right with certified and support staff and now the board is turning their attention to administrators."

Connelly said she hopes to have the salary package approved during Wednesday's meeting.

"We had it scheduled for last week's school board meeting, but we thought it deserved more than the 30 minutes allocated to work on it," she said. "We don't know how far we have to go on it yet, but we want to be competitive in terms of what we pay our employees."

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