To the editor:

To the editor:

A Feb. 12 letter to the editor regarding school district salaries contained significant errors and misinformation. When this type of misinformation is expressed, it is incumbent upon us to accurately inform the public to elevate the quality of dialogue in our community.

That said, it is absolutely incorrect that the district's administrative staff were awarded a 4.5-percent increase regardless of performance. Our administrative team is held to merit pay for a portion of their raises. That amount is tied directly to performance goals and measures directly aligned to the district's mission of high academic student achievement. In fact, the administrative evaluation process is extensive and directly connected to strategic objectives established each year in the school district.

Our administrative team is the only segment of our employee staff that does not receive salary step increases based on experience and education. Therefore, our administrators receive less on average in total percentage increase than any other group. In addition, administrators are also the only staff members not eligible for continuing contracts.

We are very proud of the work all of our employees perform and accomplish, and this certainly includes the excellent work of our administrators. In addition, it should be noted that the total administrative cost in relation to the entire operating budget has been reduced from 14.23 percent to 7.01 percent over the past 10 years. This is much lower than would be found in most local and similar school districts.

We are very proud of the work that goes on in our schools, and this great work occurs due to a variety of factors. Not least among those factors is that we have excellent staff members at every level who deeply care about our schools and student performance.

While there were other errors in the letter, all of them simply cannot be captured in this letter. Regardless, it is incumbent upon all of us to be accurately informed on issues such as these.

Diane Goedeking

New Albany-Plain Local

School board president