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Sauk teachers, support staff get pay raises

Increases for each of 3 years in new deals

DIXON —Teachers and support staff at Sauk Valley Community College received a bump in pay Monday.

Trustees approved new contracts for the college’s faculty and adjunct faculty, effective immediately. Both are 3-year deals.

Faculty members will get a 2.75 percent pay increase, with 3 percent raises in the second and third years.

“We are glad that negotiations went so smoothly,” said Andrew Bollman, chairman of the board of trustees. “I think that shows lots of good relations between both parties.”

Adjunct faculty will receive 3.5 percent increases for each of the next 3 years.

Trustees also agreed to give all non-faculty members a 2.75 percent increase in pay for the 2014-15 school year, retroactive to July 1.

Historically, the board has authorized salary increases that coincide with those received by faculty.

In other business Monday, trustees received a brief update on work being done by the presidential search committee, which includes community members, trustees and school staff.

Committee Chairman Scott Stoller said the marketing department has been creating a website for the search, which will include links to information about the process.

The goal is to have the website live by Sunday.

President George Mihel plans to retire next July.

Stoller said the committee will advertise the position in higher education publications and online. The plan is to have the search hit publications before the Association of Community College Trustees Conference in Chicago, which begins Oct. 22.

The ACCT Leadership Congress is the largest national gathering of community college trustees, presidents, and administrators.

“We want our search to hit publications before the ACCT Conference in Chicago, with the hopes of using the conference as a public forum and sales opportunity,” Stoller said.

The committee also wants input from local superintendents on what qualities they would like to see from the next Sauk president.

The hope is to have a new president in place well before Mihel retires, to help the transition.

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