Sunnybrook approves administrative contracts, 3.5 percent raises

2014-04-29T10:25:00Z 2014-04-29T22:53:07Z Sunnybrook approves administrative contracts, 3.5 percent raisesJoan Carreon Times Correspondent
April 29, 2014 10:25 am  • 

LANSING | Sunnybrook Elementary District 171 principals, assistant principals, and other administrators will each receive 3.5 percent pay raises this year under terms of their new contracts approved Monday by the School Board.

The new, one-year contracts take effect May 29 and also make all administrators, except for the district’s two assistant principals, 12-month employees, said Superintendent Hughes George.

The contracts cover Heritage Middle School Principal Juan Gardner, Assistant Principal Michelle Johnson, Nathan Hale Elementary School Principal Cynthia Castaneda, Assistant Principal Joel Sarkey, Chief School Business Official Kerry Dean, Director of School Improvement Michele Jolivette, and Director of Pupil Services Erika Millhouse-Pettis, according to George.

The board also approved 3.5 percent salary increases for all support staff which include non-teaching employees. All of the 3.5 percent pay hikes are in line with what teachers will receive under their negotiated contract, George said.

In other matters, Jolivette announced District 171 will have a summer school program this year for students in kindergarten through seventh grade, as well as for eighth-graders. For years the district has only offered summer school to eighth-graders who needed to attend in order to graduate.

The summer program will be located at Nathan Hale Elementary and will focus primarily on reading and mathematics, but will also include instruction in science and social studies, George said.

Summer school for eighth-graders this year will be at Thornton Fractional South High School. This will allow students to interact with their high school counterparts sooner and will give eighth-graders partial high school credit upon successful completion of the summer program, Jolivette said.

The board also approved a $359,723 contract for Construction Solutions of IL Inc. for a so-called principal rehabilitation project, which calls for relocating the second set of entry doors to Heritage Middle School. The work is designed to improve security by admitting visitors through the principal’s office before being allowed further entry into the building, Dean said. The project will be done during the summer. The district has applied for a federal security grant to help pay for the project, he said.

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