By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — School board members approved 2 percent to 2.5 percent salary increases for 13 Act 93 employees, the district business manager and district superintendent.
All of the pay raises were voted for unanimously by the five present members of the board, Gregg Campbell, Jamie Hosterman, Steven Schooley, board vice president David Weader and board president Allan Schappert.
Campbell said Superintendent Cheryl Latorre did not take a pay raise last year, which said a lot of her commitment to the district after transferring from the Mount Carmel district at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
Latorre said she had made Danville her home since accepting the superintendent position. “We’re a team and we’re moving in the right direction,” she said.
Latorre’s 2 percent raise, applied for the previous year and this year, increases her salary by $5,000, to a total of $130,000 for the year.
The salary increase to Act 93 employees, which include principals and assistant principals at the district’s four schools as well as directors of programs such as maintenance and student services, totaled $30,772 spread out across the 13 employees. Each received a 2 percent to 2.5 percent salary increase.
This brings the total salary for Act 93 employees within the district to $1.056 million per year.
Also included in that amount were salary adjustment figures, which Schappert said better reflects the position and experience of three of their staff. John Bickhart and Chris Johns, the principals respectively of Danville Primary School and Liberty Valley Intermediate School, each received a four percent salary adjustment.
The 2.5 percent raise for Janis Venna increased her pay by $2,188.75, increasing her yearly salary to $89,739 a year.
“The last couple years, you have been through a lot of trials and tribulation, with nature playing havoc on our school district,” Schooley said to the administrative staff. “I think that the administrators have done a bang-up job, along with the teaching staff and support staff. ... I just want to express my sincere appreciation because sometimes you don’t get as rewarded as you should.”
The other board members shared Schooley’s sentiments. “You guys are in the trenches. ... It’s a great job, guys,” Hosterman said.
“You guys are obviously the reason we’re here. ... We’re moving in the right direction,” Campbell said.
Schappert echoed these sentiments and said he was certain the board members not present agreed with them as well.