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Wausau School Board OKs 2 percent pay raise

WAUSAU (WAOW) – The Wausau School Board has approved a 2 percent pay raise for all school employee groups, including teachers, administrators and support staff, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

A year ago, the school board approved a 2.07 percent base wage increase for all employees, spokeswoman Angie Shields said.

The new pay raise was part of a package of wages and benefits that was approved for the district's 1,300 full- and part-time workers, she said.

The board's decision does not automatically mean each employee gets a 2 percent raise next school year, said Bob Tess, the district's chief finance and business services officer.

The 2 percent boost goes to each employee group and is distributed to individual workers based on things like seniority, steps in a salary schedule and job classification first. The money left after that goes to general pay raises for each worker, Tess said.

State experts indicate the cost of living has gone up 1.46 percent, Tess said. The school board in March proposed a 1.75 pay boost but raised it to 2 percent, saying only a cost-of-living increase for employees was “an insult,” Tess said.

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