Hays USD 489 board to discuss classified wages, tour middle school

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The Hays USD 489 school board will revisit a classified wage study at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hays Middle School.

The first part of the work session will include a tour of the middle school building.

The study, which was first presented to the school board on June 16, found several classes of USD 489 employees are not making as much as their peers. These included building secretaries, office assistants and clerical workers, and information technology assistants.

The starting wage for a USD 489 school secretary is $9.62 per hour, but the average starting wage for other Hays employers is $12.78. Comparable school districts pay an average of $11.08 and comparable cities pay an average starting wage of $13.45.

Office assistants and clerical workers start at $10.06 at USD 489, which is comparable to other school districts but is more than $2 below the average in the Hays community and $4 below the average in comparable cities.

IT assistants start at $10.95 per hour at USD 489, but the average at peer districts is $13.38 and $11.87 in the city of Hays.

The board has discussed creating a new pay scale for classified employees.

The board has also set an executive session to discuss negotiations.