Portage Township school board defers action to give administrators additional base pay
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent April 29, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: May 5, 2013 2:30AM
PORTAGE — The Portage Township school board has deferred action on a proposal to give newly appointed or assigned administrators up to an additional $1000 in added base pay this year.
The board split its vote 3-2 to table the motion Monday. Board members William Fekete and Rhonda Nelson voted not to table the motion and members Jessica Bailey, Debra Ekdahl and board president Cheryl Oprisko voted to table the proposal.
Citing changes in state law that cast what School Superintendent Ric Frataccia called, “past practice,” in doubt, the raises will be delayed until formal evaluations have been finished. Frataccia vowed that the motion will reappear in the future.
Only administrators that have been formally evaluated and designated effective or highly effective are eligible for performance raises. The raises cost the school district about $18,000 annually.
Portage high school senior Collin Czilli, representing the 2013 graduating class, presented the board with a gift of $3,000 to be used to help defer the costs of tiling the PHS commons area. Embedded in the tiling will be a design featuring the letters “PHS” with the year 2013, denoting the senior class gift. The seniors are also donating $100 to the incoming freshman class.
The board approved a recommendation made by Assistant Superintendent Tom Taylor to create a “Microsoft Office Academy.” Two faculty members, Marjorie Slamkowski and David Mikesell will receive training and certification this summer at Current Technologies, of Portage, a certified Microsoft trainer.
The two teachers will offer classes in Microsoft office products beginning in the fall. Students successfully completing the classes will receive both high school and IVY Tech credits and be nationally certified in those products.