Board approves 2.5 percent raise for Sioux City schools superintendent

2012-06-25T22:15:00Z 2013-08-30T19:06:39Z Board approves 2.5 percent raise for Sioux City schools superintendentNATE ROBSON Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City school board voted without discussion Monday to give Superintendent Paul Gausman a $4,983 raise next school year.

Gausman will make $204,310 under a new contract for the 2012-13 school year, a 2.5 percent raise on the $199,327 he currently makes. The raise equates to an extra $415 per month.

Gausman's benefits include a $6,000 annual car allowance.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the new contract, with members Molly Williams and John Meyers absent. The three-year contract starts July 1.

The raise was passed in a group vote that included approval of minutes for the June 11 board meeting, various department reports and the purchase of new school buses, among other items.

Jill Knuth, director of human resources for the school district, sent a letter to board President Doug Batcheller on June 20 recommending the raise. That recommendation was based on an evaluation of Gausman's performance.

"I have reviewed the evaluation summary which reflects a very positive view of Dr. Gausman’s performance this past year,” Knuth wrote in the letter. “From my perspective, I certainly support this and agree that Dr. Gausman is an outstanding leader who continues to move our district in a positive direction.”

Gausman is set to receive a $200,000 bonus if he stays with the district until 2017. He is entitled to 50 percent of that bonus if he stays with the district until 2015, and 75 percent if he stays until 2016.

The bonus is in lieu of an annuity payment used by many other Iowa school districts.

The raise approved Monday matches increases that many other school employees saw in their contract renewals earlier this year.

Administrative staff with the Educational Support Personnel Association union got a 3.65 percent increase in wages and benefits, and members of the Operations and Maintenance Employees International Union received a 3.5 percent increase. Bus drivers and dispatchers got a 30 cent and 37 cent per hour raise and teachers received a $450 annual raise in their union contracts.

All union increases were offset by a 22 percent increases in premiums for medical insurance.

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