At a meeting Wednesday, the Yuma Union High School District heard a report on the findings of a reclassification study that recently occurred in the district.
YUHSD contracted with Educational Management Solutions (EMS) for the purpose of auditing and analyzing job descriptions and titles as well as salary schedules for equity and market comparability.
Superintendent Toni Badone said that while the district had talked about doing a reclassification study in 2008, they were unable to so with economic crash. She added that YUHSD has not conducted a study like this for 10 years and is long overdue.
Larry Hunn, an EMS representative, said that their recommendations for the district are to adopt modified schedules, adopt updated job titles and descriptions, adopt internal equity salary placements, consider adjustment to current employee salaries required to provide fair placement structure, and establish a process to adjust salary levels of classifications within each occupational subfamily to achieve market equity over time.
Hunn said that EMS determined that the district was below market district in terms of salaries, some of which are 5, 10, and 20 percent under market districts in some areas.
“Generally, overall your starting salaries are under market — it doesn't mean your current people are because changes have been made over time — but your starting salaries are,” Hunn said.
Market sources that YUHSD was compared against for the study included Agua Fria Union, Crane Elementary, Pendergast Elementary, Sunnyside Unified, Tempe Union and Yuma Elementary school districts.
Financial services director Dianne Cordery said the board has committed $300,000 in the budget this year to tackle these changes, but the district is still cost analyzing to determine how much it would be and how long it would take to accomplish the proposed recommendations. Badone added that while the first three recommendations can most likely be accomplished with the set aside funds, the second two will have to be accomplished in phases over a longer period of time.
Hunn said that in order to conduct the study, representatives from EMS talked with more than 220 employees from areas of administrative support, financial support, technology support, instructional support, maintenance and operations, nutritional services, campus safety and security, and all classified support.
Badone noted that the district hopes to bring back recommendations to the board for approval in regards to the study findings either at the special board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, at 5:15 p.m. or for next month's regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 10, at 5:15 p.m. in the district's governing board room, 3150 S. Ave. A.
In other meeting news, the board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Pima County JTED (Joint Technical Education District), YUHSD and the Arizona CTE (Career and Technician Education) Curriculum Consortium. This will allow for YUHSD to join with 19 Arizona school districts in providing CTE teachers with professional development and lesson plans.
Also, the board approved the awarding of a request for proposal to Illuminate Education, Inc. for a student information system.
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