Board passes pay increases

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Education > Classified employee salary bumps still need state approval

By Tris DeRoma

At its Tuesday meeting, the Los Alamos School Board passed a pay increase for all “classified” employees in the Los Alamos Public Schools. Classified employees are generally the employees in the system that are not licensed to teach or have backgrounds in teaching.
Assistant Superintendent and Human Resources Director Gerry Washburn recommended to the board that it approve a 1.5 percent pay increase for the employees “across the board.” He said he and his staff arrived at this conclusion through careful research and input from various groups interested in improving compensation for classified employees.
The next step will be to get the board-approved raises approved by the state, through the New Mexico Department of Education.
For the past year, the administration has been grappling with the fact that the district’s classified employees have not seen a significant raise or cost of living adjustment in at least 15 years. The 1.5 percent increase is seen as a temporary fix until a study of the issue — which was also initiated this year — is completed.

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