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Student performance tied to raises, bonuses

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Student performance and existing salary levels helped determine whether nonunion district employees received pay increases or bonuses at the end of 2012.

Those same factors also helped determine the size of the compensation.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education approved merit raises in December for administrators and central office support staff at rates ranging from 0.5 percent to 3 percent.

Tricia Moore, director of partnerships and shared services, said salary increases of up to 3 percent were awarded to building administrators based on formulas that factored in various student performance measures, including the state report card rating and whether Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks were met in all student subgroups.

The district achieved the state's highest rating of "excellent with distinction" on the state report card last year.

"Support staff members were evaluated by their supervisors and district leadership according to their evaluation goals and were eligible for as much as 2 percent," Moore said.

She said the raises were for non-bargaining employees.

"For employees whose previous salaries were below market, pay increases were treated like a raise and added to their base salaries," she said. "For employees whose previous salaries were at or above market, their awards were made as bonuses, not added to their base salaries."

Moore said the total increase for non-bargaining personnel costs was 0.3 percent on base salaries and 0.73 percent in bonuses, for total additional compensation of $38,995.

Only two out of 12 building principals and assistant principals received 3-percent raises, she said; the other raises ranged from 0.5 percent to 2.75 percent.

Moore said this approach to raises is "an intermediary step."

"Next year, the district is planning to convert to a comprehensive compensation system in which performance evaluations are tied directly to compensation," she said. "We are working with Battelle for Kids to develop that system as part of our Race to the Top work."

She said the board also approved Student Improvement Incentive Awards (SIIA).

"These awards were Reynoldsburg's first foray into strategic compensation/merit pay and were negotiated into the teachers' contract seven years ago," she said. "Staff were invited to apply for up to $2,000, based on student outcomes."

She said the district gave out $77,000 in Student Improvement Incentive Awards; 26 employees received $2,000 each and another 25 employees received $1,000 each.

Moore said there were approximately 75 applications filed for the awards.

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