Key administrators in the Sevier School District received significant salary increases, culminating negotiations that began last summer.
Superintendent Brent Rock will get an annual salary of $59,950. Boyd Kiesel, assistant superintendent, and Samuel Ware, director of business affairs, will each receive $50,219.Board members said Rock's salary reflects an average paid by school districts throughout the state that have similar numbers of students and population. The superintendent's salary boost was 10.56 percent more than he has been getting.
The new salaries for Kiesel and Ware are 6 percent increases.
Principals throughout the district received a 5.8 percent increase in base salaries, previously approved by the board. Ware said this includes a blend of standard increment pay raises for years of employment and the number of students and faculty members at each school. That criteria is used in a formula to determine salaries of all principals in the district.
In earlier negotiations, classified employees got a 6.3 percent increase and teachers received a pay boost of 8.12 percent. Lane changes and increment pay are a part of the teacher salary increases, while that received by classified employees includes increments.
A report by the Utah Foundation said the beginning salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree was $18,200 in the Sevier District. An experienced teacher with a master's degree can receive a maximum salary of $28,094, or 154 percent of that paid to an entry-level teacher with a bachelor's degree.
That report noted that neighboring Piute School District teachers got a 6.34 percent pay raise this year, while the Wayne District School Board authorized 6.79 percent. The raise in Piute was $1,254 for each teacher and in Wayne it was $1,234, although increment increases for training and experience were not included. These amounted to $732 and $716, respectively.
Teachers throughout the state gained the largest salary increase since 1982-83, Utah Foundation analysts reported. Despite this year's raises, Utah's teaching salaries still lag about 15.5 percent behind the average of teachers throughout the United States.
The average of teacher salaries in Utah isn't much different than those of other workers when compared with the national average, however.