ECC Trustees Vote To Give Teachers Salary Raise, Bauer’s Contract Extended | Local News
East Central College faculty and staff will receive a raise next year.
The board of directors unanimously approved a 4 percent salary increase at its meeting on Monday. In addition, they approved the allocation of more than $ 2.1 million in federal funds and discussed relaxing COVID-19 requirements. They also renewed President Dr. Jon Bauer’s contract until June 30, 2024. Next year his salary will be $ 157,811.
In addition to the 4% increase, faculty with over 10 years of experience will receive an additional $ 2,500 in fiscal year 2022.
“More and more, we really find ourselves facing a challenge in terms of hiring and retaining qualified staff and faculty in the institution,” said Bauer. “… So a lot of work has been done to put us on the path to increasing employee compensation. “
ECC will also analyze how long faculty and staff have been in the district and increase salaries over several years to bring them down to market value with inflation.
Next year, the starting salary for a faculty member with a master’s degree and no experience will be $ 38,439, according to the meeting agenda.
Other educational institutions in the county have also increased the salaries of their employees. Meramec Valley R-III will increase the salary by $ 2,000 next school year, the base becoming $ 37,000, and increase it to $ 39,000 by 2023-24. St. Clair R-XIII’s base salary will drop from $ 33,500 to $ 35,000 next school year.
During the meeting, the board also approved $ 2.1 million in Higher Education Emergency Assistance Fund (HEERF) to support upgrades to Wi-Fi, computers, HVAC and furniture to meet distance learning, air quality and social distancing requirements in the midst of the pandemic. Additionally, the college plans to add contactless doorways with access codes that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Recommended Pandemic Precautions.
The board of directors also approved spending of $ 400,000 for the purchase of computers and new grass on the baseball field, funded by Technology Fees and the ECC Foundation.
Bauer briefed the board on pandemic precautions and said vaccinated students can now meet in small groups and move between classes without a mask. Wearing a mask is always compulsory for summer session lessons.
He also said the summer musical will once again host a live audience, with attendees seated in pod arrangements.
Bauer will inform the board in July of plans for the fall term regarding the COVID-19 campus and distance learning protocols.