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Pay hikes for Southington school administrators as high as 22 percent

Pay hikes for Southington school administrators as high as 22 percent

SOUTHINGTON — Total spending on salaries for school administrators and other non-union employees in the upcoming fiscal year will remain nearly constant despite individual increases of as much as 22 percent, which were offset by the elimination of a top position.

School officials said the overall increase is well under 1 percent, since a supervisor of buildings and grounds retired. The position, which came with a salary of $90,000, wasn’t filled and the duties redistributed.

Under the salary schedule passed by the Board of Education last month, most administrators received raises between 2 and 3.5 percent. Those receiving higher pay hikes include workers that will take on additional duties due to the reorganization, as well as Assistant School Superintendent Steven Madancy, whose pay was boosted $10,000, or six percent.

Brian Goralski, board chairman, said getting Madancy’s salary above that of the Southington High School principal better reflects the organization’s chain of command.

“Our second in command with the district is our assistant superintendent,” Goralski said. “That person should be compensated above the compensation of the principal of Southington High School.”

Madancy’s salary will be $175,000 starting July 1.

Madancy was hired as assistant superintendent in 2015 after working as the Kennedy Middle School principal. High school Principal Brian Stranieri was hired as principal in 2015
after serving as interim principal. He was hired as an assistant principal at the high school in 2002.

The major wage increases are staggered, taking effect at a lower rate on July 1 with the rest of the non-union personnel and then jumping again later in the fiscal year.

Operations Director Peter Romano’s salary will go in stages from $116,000 to $141,000 by Nov. 9, a 22 percent increase over his current pay. The maintenance foreman’s salary will go from $75,000 to $80,000 on July 1 and then to $85,000 later in the year, a 13 percent increase. Both took on new roles as a result of the buildings and grounds supervisor’s retirement.

For the accounting manager, the salary will increase from $77,000 to $85,000 on July 1 and then to $90,000 on Jan. 1, 2020. The higher rate represents a nearly 17 percent increase.

Goralski said the job description for that role was expanded to improve the district’s financial tracking and records.

Goralski said the board’s job is to appropriately compensate employees for their work. The district gets good value for the money spent on wages.

“We continue to have a lean administrative department,” Goralski said.

David Derynoski, a board member, was the lone vote against the pay schedule. While he was pleased that the overall non-union salary spending stayed nearly flat, he felt some of the raises given were too high.

“My problem was the big increases for the operations person and the foreman. They jumped up more than I felt was reasonable,” Derynoski said. “Even with the restructuring I thought it was excessive.”

Derynoski said there can only be so much “time on task” for one person no matter how many new responsibilities they’re given.

For most of the non-union employees, though, he thought the wage increases were fair. He also praised the work of all the district’s employees.

“Overall, I think everybody in the non-union group is doing a great job,” Derynoski said. “I have no problem with anybody.”

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