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School board to look at pay for classified employees

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Education > Study shows they are being underpaid close to 15 percent

They make sure your child’s trip to school, as well as the return trip, is safe and uneventful. And when they are in school, they make sure the classroom is warm when it’s cold out, and cool when it’s hot.
At lunch time, they make sure the food they provide is safe and nutritious. They fix the boo boos. They make sure the lights stay on and the messes are cleaned up so students have a safe and distraction-free place to learn in. They take care of the paperwork and keep the computers running. They do a lot of other jobs too.
They are the Los Alamos school district’s “classified” employees. They may do every other job that doesn’t involve teaching, but those jobs are just as important.
At a recent school board meeting, school administrators and representatives of the classified employees seemed to agree on one thing about what classified employees do; they aren’t getting paid enough to do it.
Assistant Superintendent and Human Resources Director Gerry Washburn told the board that while the district’s annual 2 percent raise rate is better than the state (.6) as well as the nationwide average, “if we’re going to attract the best and brightest, we got some issues,” he said.


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