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  • Flagrant or fair?

    Raises for Medford school administrators raise questions in a lingering recession
  • No sooner had the state Board of Higher Education announced a $20,000 raise for Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan — and similar increases for five of her colleagues — than the Medford School District weighed in with pay increases for 36 administrators, pushing salaries for 32 of them over $90,000 a year.
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  • No sooner had the state Board of Higher Education announced a $20,000 raise for Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan — and similar increases for five of her colleagues — than the Medford School District weighed in with pay increases for 36 administrators, pushing salaries for 32 of them over $90,000 a year.
    It seems the district received $1.2 million more than expected from the state because enrollment increased. So the district promptly spent a good chunk of it on a pay raise for its highest-paid employees.
    While the administrators took an 8 percent pay cut last year, along with all district employees, and will pay more for their health insurance or take a higher deductible, the pay increases are more than most private-sector workers have seen in recent years or are likely to see anytime soon, given the glacial pace of the economic recovery.
    The cost of the administrators' raises and stipends — $219,307 — doesn't include raises for other managers and confidential staff not covered by union contracts.
    Superintendent Phil Long says the savings from the health insurance changes will offset the raises so the effect on the district's budget will be "relatively flat." But in a tough economy, those making $90,000 or more can afford to tread water better than those at the bottom of the pay scale.
    Is this financially irresponsible, or a gesture of fairness to employees who sacrificed in past years? You be the judge.
    Here is the list of the 2012-13 salaries for the 36 administrators, after the pay increases:
    Superintendent $136,382 (will go to $145,247 if the School Board approves)
    Director, secondary education $118,153
    Director, elementary education $118,153
    Director, human resources $119,218
    Facilities manager $116,976
    Chief financial officer $115,272
    South Medford principal $110,360
    McLoughlin principal $104,485
    Curriculum supervisor $101,435
    Special education supervisor $101,435
    North Medford principal $100,302
    Griffin Creek principal $98,618
    Hoover principal $98,618
    Kennedy principal $98,618
    Jackson principal $98,618
    NMHS assistant principal $97,445
    Hedrick principal $96,034
    Lone Pine principal $95,565
    Oak Grove principal $95,565
    Roosevelt principal $95,565
    Washington principal $95,565
    Howard principal $95,565
    Jacksonville principal $95,565
    Special programs supervisor $94,529
    SMHS assistant principal $94,394
    SMHS assistant principal $94,394
    NMHS assistant principal $94,394
    Ruch principal $94,394
    Central principal $91,163
    McLoughlin assistant principal $90,874
    Wilson principal $90,163
    Abe Lincoln principal $90,163
    Jefferson principal $88,036
    NMHS assistant principal $87,312
    SMHS asstistant principal $87,312
    Hedrick assistant principal $83,706
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