SJSD Committee Takes Step Toward Removing Stipends

SJSD Committee Takes Step Toward Removing Stipends

SJSD ad-hoc committee voted to recommend replacing principal stipends with a two percent pay raise.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Talks about getting rid of stipends for administrators in the St. Joseph School District continued Thursday evening.

The district's ad-hoc committee met for the second time this week to discuss principal contracts.

In a majority vote, the committee recommended getting rid of the $5,000 stipend for principals and replacing it with a two percent pay raise.

"All of them deserve more money than what we're paying them but we only have so much pie. What we need to do is make it fair and this is a start," said SJSD board member and ad-hoc committee co-chair Dennis Snethen

"It's going to be a difficult process for the board and it's nice for them to say 'hey, we're going to stop, we're going to fix this'. As one of our members said, you can always put the car in reverse. And, the public appreciates that," said Todd Brockett, teacher at Robidoux Middle School and ad-hoc committee member.

The committee chair will take the voted recommendation to the SJSD Board of Education.

The board will decide if they want to follow through with the vote or keep the stipend for principals' contracts for the upcoming school year.
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