KPS Board Approves Pay Increases


The Kearney Public School Board has unanimously approved pay raises for staff and administration. The raises will take effect for the 2013-2014 school year.

The people affected by the raises include staff and administration, as well as hourly workers.

KPS finance director Chris Nelson said because of the current economy and keeping up with rising costs, the hourly workers are entitled to get up to a 4 percent increase.

Those worker salaries are anywhere from around $8.88 to $23.83 an hour in the KPS system. Some board members had doubts about raising the salaries.

"We don't know for sure what the state-aid will be, so this new negotiation process for someone who works in finance -- it's a little stressful not knowing for sure," said board member Jon Watts.

The administration raises will be based on performance goals and standards based on evaluations by Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher.

"There are a number of factors that go into whether or not members of our administration will get 3.3 percent, or lower, or higher, based on that evaluation," said Maher.