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Pasco increases high school principal base pay



When calculating employee raises this fall, Pasco County school officials found that their high school principal pay had become uncompetitive in the region.

Pinellas high school principals earned anywhere from $79,971 to $118,022. In Hillsborough, they started at $85,109 and could make up to $105,490.

In Pasco, the starting pay was $75,016, a salary that 10 of the district's 14 high school principals were making. The top end was $114,143, but no one in the district -- not even the assistant superintendents -- made that amount.

So while doling out raises for the first time in six years, the School Board and administration decided to bump up the entry level pay for high school principals to $78,000.

"We were able to use some of (the raise money) to make some equity corrections," said Kevin Shibley, executive director for administration. Next up, "we are planning on taking a comprehensive look at the way we are paying administrators."

That will include looking at factors beyond years of experience and degrees, to possibly consider such items as size and type of school. Duval schools, as one example, have moved to harmonize their administrative pay rates to make them more fair.

Pasco officials have not begun that review process yet, and Shibley did not have a time line for when it would start.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:03pm]


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