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Oak Creek Teachers Get Small Raises, Bonuses

The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board approved two measures related to teacher pay.

Oak Creek teachers will get 1.29 percent raises through a new contract and a $550 one-time bonus following School Board votes on Monday.

Since the contract covers the 2011-12 school year, union leaders and administrators agreed the raises would only apply to teachers still in the district or who retired at the end of last year — not teachers who have resigned, Human Resources Director Troy Hamblin said.

The cost to the school district is about $341,000, he said. The Oak Creek Education Association ratified the agreement late last month.

Under new state law, teachers can only negotiate for their base salary. But school boards determine supplemental wages, which can include bonuses, stipends or merit pay.

Administrators proposed the $550 bonus as a way to give teachers, some of whom hadn't received a raise in two years, extra pay while not increasing their actual salary.

Many teachers appreciated the payment, said Terry Grogan, West Middle School teacher and president of the teachers union.

"We really, truly believe that working together with administration and the union that we can continue to make Oak Creek a destination district," Grogan said.

Teachers will be eligible for an additional $550 bonus in performance-based pay, Superintendent Sara Burmeister said.

Oak Creek Resident October 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I agree with tthis 100%. I think most of the teachers do a very good job and are obviously in it because of the passion and not the pay. Thank you all Oak Creek teaching staff.
mom in oc October 09, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Our OC teachers have been wonderful with my children. Thank you for being there for our kids!
styxfan October 10, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Watch your wallets again taxpayers......School Board bought and paid for by the teachers union. I guess the board feels secure in their jobs. Elections have consequences and hopefully the board's political makeup will change next time around. What's $341,000 to the board members. Oh goody- more performance bonuses on the way? The gift that keeps giving.
OC neighbor October 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Proposed Grading Scale will be discussed at next Committee meeting. October 22nd at West Middle School, 6pm. This is open to public. Come voice your opinion. This will tangibly effect every family with children in OC. The proposed scale will make it more difficult for our students to compete for college scholarships. This will also make good student insurance discounts more difficult to acheive. The school administartion needs to justify how this benefits our students. Especially when the rest of SE Wisconsin utilizes a 10 point scale.
Jason Lummel October 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The superintendent supported the grading scale in front of the school board this summer and teachers during preservice days. Now she says she is against it. She also took a $5000 bonus last year when teachers get a $500 bonus this year. On top of the grading scale, our OC school system is ranked low among school systems.
OCHS Parent October 11, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Thankyou...I thought I was the only one

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