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Kalispell approves administrators' pay raise

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jun 12 2013 08:27:06 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 08:43:18 PM MDT
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Administrators in the Kalispell school district will be making more money next year.

The Kalispell school board approved a 1.5 percent salary increase on a new 1-year contract for school administrators, which is the same increase Kalispell school teachers will receive in year two of their 2-year contract. 

Frank Miller, the Kalispell school board chairman, believes it was a fair deal for administrators.

"We did the same with our administrators as we did with all our other bargaining units,” Miller said.  “All of the other bargaining units received a 1.5-percent increase in salary so the administration got the same."

While the new contracts will take more out of the budget, they will also put Kalispell on par with what other school administrators are making in AA districts around Montana.

"We did get a 2.8-percent increase from the state this year in educational funding, so we'll use some of that,” said Miller.  “Two years prior to this the administrators did not get any increase in salary, nor did the other unions, so we're trying to catch up a little bit."

Administrators' salary increase will begin July 1, and the teachers' will begin at the start of the school year in August.