Fort Wayne Community Schools board approves raises for non-teaching staff

Three groups of unionized workers and those who aren’t represented by a union all will receive pay raises of 2 percent this school year and 2 percent next school year under agreements the Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees approved Monday night.

Board members took the action during their meeting at Grile Administrative Center.

The pay raises are retroactive to July 1 for unionized employees but not for non-union FWCS staff, said Charles Cammack Jr., FWCS chief operations officer.

The unions involved are the Fort Wayne Nurse Association; Fort Wayne Classified Association, which includes maintenance operations workers; and Teamsters Local 414, which represents bus drivers.

The pay hike already has started for nurse and classified personnel, Cammack said. Non-union workers will see their pay increase beginning March 9, and bus drivers should see a larger paycheck beginning April 20.

Teachers received pay raises of $1,000 to $5,000 this year and moved to a new salary schedule for the future under a contract the school board approved in November. Under state law, however, only teachers rated as effective or highly effective during their annual evaluations are eligible for a raise.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business, the board:

• Learned longtime Career Academy at Anthis Principal Larry Gerardot plans to retire, effective June 29.

Gerardot joined FWCS in 1991 as an assistant principal at North Side High School. He has been principal of what is now the Career Academy at Anthis since 1998.

“He is one of those people who, no matter what happens, he finds a way to work it out,” FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson said.

People came from around the state to see how Gerardot managed the Anthis program, which also attracted national attention, Robinson said. Gerardot will be greatly missed, she added.

• Approved contracts totaling nearly $6.8 million for a major renovation of Washington Center Elementary School, 1936 W. Wallen Road, as part of the district’s 2016 School Building Basic Renewal/Restoration & Safety Projects. Renovation work will be done in phases to cause less disruption for students and staff, but it should be mostly completed by July 25, 2019.

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