Tahoe Truckee Unified School District OK’s compensation study
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will embark on a compensation study in order to see how salaries compare to other districts in similar geographic regions.
The district board this week unanimously approved the study, which includes 88 job classifications at a cost of $107,500.
“This compensation study would analyze our current pay practices, determine if we’re competitive for our industry and geographic locations,” said Superintendent Chief Learning Officer Carmen Ghysels at Wednesday’s meeting. “It would look at positions, not people in these positions. It also will help determine if our employee salaries are in compliance with current state and federal laws … and technically, as a general rule, districts should examine the overall salary structure at least every three to five years.”
The district has not conducted a study on employee compensation in more than a decade, according to Board President Kim Szczurek.
Speaking for the Tahoe Truckee Education Association, North Tahoe High School teacher Dr. David Steakley called the contract “troubling” to the association. He questioned the cost, why the study was being proposed in the first place, and why it couldn’t be done internally
“Why not spend the $100,000 directly on increasing compensation for these jobs and not simply studying the problem?” asked Steakley.
Szczurek responded by stating the importance of having a third party conduct research.
“As a human resources professional in my career, this is a very critical and common thing to do … it’s critical to have someone who is neutral perform this because oftentimes internal studies are deemed by others to be biased. So, while it is an expensive contract, it’s a one-time expenditure. It’s also cheaper than all of the other contracts that I was able to find out local agencies doing.”
The board also approved a $266,000 contract with Lionakis to address short- and long-term planning for district facilities.
Services include facilities assessment, space planning, meeting facilitation, conceptual design, preliminary cost estimating, and cost-benefit analysis for options, including changes of use, new construction, and remodeling.
Eight firms responded to a December request for proposals. Those eight were narrowed to three and invited to an interview process where Lionakis was unanimously chosen.
The district’s facilities master plan was last updated in 2013-14. Assessment of the district’s facilities needs will take place during the next several months.
Justin Scacco is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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