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Pay rates for KUSD officials approved<BR>

Members of the governing board of the Kingman Unified School District set salary schedules for teachers for the fiscal year 2001-2002 during their April meeting.

They now have an administrative salary schedule following a lot of phone calls and a 2.5-hour executive session Tuesday night.

"We called school districts in Lake Havasu, Flagstaff and Peoria and used them as comparisons to see where we were as we did not have an administrative salary schedule in place," said Mike Ford, acting superintendent of the KUSD.

"Whenever we went out to recruit administrators, the board was in the dark and we tried to adjust to each case and tell that individual this is what we can offer you.

In working with the board one suggestion was a salary schedule to go out and recruit and a range to operate within with those job responsibilities."

Ford, who presently is superintendent of the Mohave Union High School District, said the board has offered him a three-year contract at $105,750 per year to be superintendent when the KUSD officially begins operations July 1.

Betsy Parker now is superintendent of the Kingman Elementary School District.

When it merges with the MUHSD, she will become assistant superintendent of the unified district.

She also has been offered a three-year contract at $78,000 per year, Ford said.

The salary range agreed upon by the board for an assistant superintendent is $75,130-$88,653 and is based on 260 days.

Ford currently earns $92,000 per year as high school superintendent and Parker makes $72,000 as elementary district superintendent.

Directors and principals will be offered one-year contracts for 225 days.

There will be eight directors in the KUSD.

Their salary range will be $58,968-$69,582.

Principals will be paid in three categories.

High school principals (grades 10-12) will earn between $62,400 and $73,632.

Junior high principals (grades 7-9) will make from $57,409 to $67,743.

Elementary principals (grades K-6) will be paid between $54,913 and $64,797.

The final portion of the salary schedule deals with assistant principals, who will also be offered one-year contracts for 215 days.

Assistant principals will earn from $55,040 to $64,947 at the high school level, $50,545 to $59,643 at the junior high level, and $44,000 to $51,920 at the elementary level.

Education and experience are factors to be considered in drawing up individual contracts, Ford said.

A district building configuration committee is currently studying possible grade levels to be placed in each building for the 2002-2003 fiscal year with a recommendation to be made to the board in October.

Preliminary data suggests that students in buildings set up for grades 6-8 do well academically.

If such a recommendation is made, how would that impact on the administrative salary schedule?

"We may have to further adjust after building configurations are set," Ford said.

"But we need this schedule now to give us stability and as we get into specifics later we will adjust it."

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