Raises approved for York Suburban school administrators


Most administrators in the York Suburban School District could be getting raises as high as 3.25 percent over the next three years.

The school board unanimously approved an agreement to begin July 1, 2016, and expire June 30, 2019.

For the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, raises could be as high as 3 percent, increasing to 3.25 percent for the 2018-19 school year, with the intention of offsetting health care costs.

Superintendent Michele Merkle said the increase in health care costs fielded by building administrators, such as principals, is significant.

Not included under the Act 93 agreement are the superintendent, assistant superintendent and director of finance, as they are covered by a different state law.

Board member Lynne Leopold-Sharp pointed out that the raises are maximum numbers and not automatic figures.

Merkle said raises would be available based on performance and evaluation as well as achievement of goals set in the beginning of the year. A portion would be based on merit pay.

That percentage is based on Pennsylvania School Boards Association average salaries, as opposed to a comparison of other schools, Merkle said.

The current contract expires June 30, 2016, and also was a three-year contract.

Also approved at the meeting was a three-year agreement with Tyco Simplex Grinnell for fire and burglar alarm-related services, at a cost of $39,573.

The board also approved paying Turf, Track & Court $22,575 for renovations to Trojan Field.