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posted: 10/30/2017 5:00 AM

A lot of misleading data is coming out of District 15

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There is so much misleading, if not inaccurate, data regarding the support personnel of District 15.

I continue to read that the pay scale goes from $11.30 to $37. The only personnel who could possibly reach $37 per hour are 12-month secretaries who have been employed for many, many years.

Nurses are the next highest paid with a very meager salary for their schooling and responsibility but they could never hope to get near $37. Program assistants start at $11.30 and go as high as, possibly $19, well over 20 years' employment. This affects a very small percentage.

There are 15 elementary schools and four junior high schools in District 15. Each school has one nurse and one secretary. Only 15 employees (secretaries) out of the 454 support staff could possibly see $37. This is deceiving data.

As for sick days, you would need to have 170 sick days already banked before receiving 24. What a minuscule amount of support staff this would affect. In addition, no payment is made to a retiree for even 200 sick days.

If a retiree has 200 days (that is the max), they are given credit of one month for every 20 sick days amounting to roughly another $10 on their monthly pension check.

This data is so misleading to the public. Take the time to be informed. Blanket statements of support staff asking for 24 sick days and of 454 people making up to $37 is a complete misconception.

Amy Nell

Pingree Grove

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