Monroe School District employees approve concessions

  • By Alejandro Dominguez Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:01am
  • Local News

MONROE — With funding cuts looming from the Legislature and a budget deficit to solve, employees at the Monroe School District have made the first step to help reduce expenses.

The superintendent, principals and school administrators have agreed to concessions in their contracts totalling $1

20,000 for the next school year. These concessions include taking furlough days, limiting pay for professional development, and shrinking the budget for attending educational conferences.

They also will not see their wages increase.

Every year, the district does a salary survey to adjust wages. This will not be done this year, which represents at least $34,000 in savings.

The Monroe School Board accepted these concessions at its Monday night meeting with a 4-1 vote.

“This is a good example … of people who believe it would be better to take less,” Superintendent Ken Hoover said at the meeting.

Hoover and 30 other district employees are affected by these concessions.

Board member Debra Kolrud voted against the concessions. She said she is concerned that the superintendent’s salary is too high.

The superintendent is paid $211,692. The salary has remained the same since 2008. Hoover agreed not have a salary increase for the next year.

Kolrud also worried that by accepting these concessions the board will not be able to make more cuts.

Board member Jim Scott said the board can come back to the contracts if necessary.

Also, Hoover said, some decisions need to be made now to avoid making all of them in a short amount of time later.

“We don’t have the luxury to wait,” he said.

Besides not having a salary increase, the superintendent will take seven furlough days, which are worth $6,645.

His contract has been extended to 2014 as well, with an opportunity to negotiate every year.

The district’s 14 administrators accepted four furlough days for the next year. The 16 principals at the different schools in the district will have less funds for professional development for the next year, which was a benefit under the district’s contract.

The district is in the process of developing an operating budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The district estimates it will lose between $2.3 million and $3.3 million in revenue, spokeswoman Rosemary O’Neil said.

The public is invited to assist in two budget reviews. One meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Park Place Middle School library, 1408 W. Main St. The second meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 31, at the Hidden River Middle School library, 9224 Paradise Lake Road in Snohomish.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez @heraldnet.com.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Local News

Marysville
1 pedestrian dead after car crash on I-5 south of Marysville

Around 5 p.m., a car crashed into a pedestrian along I-5. Investigators believed a man had parked on the shoulder to refuel.

FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Do Snohomish County lawmakers want a 2020 presidential rematch?

The Herald contacted seven Republican legislators representing parts of Snohomish County about their primary choice. Five did not respond.

A man walks by Pfizer headquarters, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York. Pfizer will spend about $43 billion to buy Seagen and broaden its reach into cancer treatments, the pharmaceutical giant said. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)
Pfizer backs out of Everett manufacturing plant after $43B Seagen deal

Pfizer finalized the acquisition of the Bothell-based cancer drug developer in December.

Photo provided by 
Economic Alliance
Economic Alliance presented one of the Washington Rising Stem Awards to Katie Larios, a senior at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Mountlake Terrace High School senior wins state STEM award

Katie Larios was honored at an Economic Alliance gathering: “A champion for other young women of color in STEM.”

A view of one of the potential locations of the new Aquasox stadium on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024 in Everett, Washington. The site sits between Hewitt Avenue, Broadway, Pacific Avenue and the railroad. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
20 businesses could be demolished for downtown Everett stadium

Some business owners say the city didn’t tell them of plans for a new AquaSox stadium that could displace their businesses.

Kathy Purviance-Snow poses for a photo in her computer lab at Snohomish High School on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in Snohomish, WA. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
To ban or embrace ChatGPT? Local teachers fight AI with AI — or don’t

“It has fundamentally changed my teaching in really stressful and exciting ways,” an EvCC teacher said. At all levels of education, ChatGPT poses a tricky question.

In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 7 is displayed during a debut for employees and media of the new jet in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FAA gives Boeing 90 days to develop plan to fix quality, safety issues

The agency’s ultimatum comes a day after a meeting with CEO Dave Calhoun and other top Boeing officials in Washington, D.C.

Firefighters respond to a report of a smoke alarm going off in the 100 block of West Main Street in Monroe on Monday morning. Fire officials confirmed the fire was coming from living quarters above Good Brewing Co. (Provided by Snohomish County Regional Fire and Rescue).
Fire damages apartment above Monroe brewery

Good Brewing Co. on West Main Street was listed as permanently closed Monday.

Tom Ceurvorst picks up his food order at Big Chicken on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Free ice cream Wednesday for Shaq’s birthday at Big Chicken in Mukilteo

Sign a card for the NBA Hall of Famer and restaurant founder. Shaquille O’Neal turns 52 on March 6.

Flowers for slain trooper Chris Gadd begin to collect outside Washington State Patrol District 7 Headquarters on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Police: Lynnwood man consumed cannabis, beer before crash into trooper

Trooper Chris Gadd, 27, was stopped along I-5 when he was hit and killed early Saturday. Troopers suspect Raul Benitez Santana was impaired.

Madi Humphries, 9, Rose Austin, 13, and Eirene Ritting, 8, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024 in Bothell, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
No grades, no teachers: Inside a Bothell school run by student vote

Each day at The Clearwater School, 60 students choose their own lessons. It’s one vote per person, whether you’re staff or student.

SonShine Preschool inside First Baptist Church Monroe is pictured Friday, March 1, 2024, in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
SonShine preschool in Monroe to close at the end of the year

The preschool, operated by First Baptist Church, served kids for 25 years. School leadership did not explain the reason behind the closure.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.