Tonight, Monday, November 14, the P-H-M Board of School Trustees approved 7% increases for the district’s hourly and salary employees. This comes after the Board unanimously voted at the October 10 meeting to approve an overall 7% increase to P-H-M teachers’ base salaries (click here to read more).
Annually, P-H-M Administration works with the teachers’ association to negotiate and finalize teachers’ contracts first before negotiating contracts for the other employee groups. P-H-M employs nearly 1,500 employees. Contracts for the following employee groups were approved at this evening’s meeting: Custodians, ESP, Exceptional Education Professionals, Food Service, Kids Club, Service Technicians and Maintenance, Food Distributors, and Administrators. P-H-M Bus Operators are in the second year of a two-year agreement, thus this group’s pay raise for 2023 was negotiated last year.
P-H-M Administration and the Board of School Trustees mindful that Exceptional Educational Assistants are some of the hardest positions to fill and retain are providing this group the opportunity to be eligible for benefits. EAs work with students with special needs. In order to reward and retain these employees, they will now be able to increase their hours from 29 to 32.5, thus making them eligible for medical, vision, and dental benefits.
Other notable increases for other groups include increasing the annual clothing allowance for Service Technicians and Maintenance employees from o115 to $325.
All personnel currently eligible for the insurance program will see a five percent (5%) increase to their contribution levels. A vision plan for all P-H-M employees has also been added.