Creston School Board approved administrator salaries during a special meeting May 23. Administrators include superintendent, principals, activities director and the new school improvement specialist.
The superintendent position, filled by Steve McDermott starting July 1, will have an increased pay of $186,330. This is up from former Superintendent Tim Hood’s salary of $181,498 for the 2011-12 school year. The salary is based on 260 days of work.
Creston High School principal Bill Messerole’s salary will increase from $133,613 for 260 days to $136,783 for 240 days.
Creston Middle School sixth- to eighth-grade Principal Brad Baker, currently elementary principal, who will replace Larry Otten when he retires July 1, will receive a raise from $128,517 to $131,675 for 240 days. The middle-school principal’s salary is currently $139,932 for 260 days.
“We have a gentleman in the district as dean of students,” said Chuck Scott, interim superintendent. “This person will be going from dean of students to principal. And so, we recommend that salary be increased. ... (There will be) a lot more duties and responsibilities, and time.”
Creston Elementary School third- to fifth-grade Principal Scott Driskell, currently dean of students, will have a salary of $101,226 for 240 days, an increase from $69,716 for 220 days as dean of students.
Creston Elementary School kindergarten to second-grade Principal Callie Anderson, currently Early Childhood Center principal, will have a salary increase from $110,640 for 260 days to $113,758 for 240 days.
Jeff Bevins, activities director, will have an increase from $119,483 for 260 days to $122,677 for 240 days.
The new position of school improvement specialist will receive a $122,884 salary for 240 days of work. This is based on Otten’s current salary of $139,932 for 260 days.
All salaries are totals after the base salary, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax, Iowa public employees retirement system (IPERS) plan and insurance are factored in.
For the 2012-13 school year, the school district paid $883,399 in administrative salaries from the general fund. This number will increase to $905,333 for the 2013-14 school year.
Scott recommended the increase in pay. Boardmembers Galen Zumbach moved to approve the raises, and Rich Flynn seconded. The vote passed unanimously.
In other Creston School Board news:
• The board approved raises of between 2 and 11.4 percent for administrative, central office and building secretaries.
• Building custodians received raises of between 3.7 and 4 percent approved by the board.