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North Platte school superintendent Marty Bassett would be paid $193,000 a year, under a proposal the school board will consider Tuesday.

Bassett receives $187,200 this year, so the raise will be 3.1 percent.

Bassett holds a specialist degree.

The school board will consider Bassett's pay along with the pay packages of the district’s top 22 administrators, including those in the central office, the school principals, assistant principals and high school athletic directors.

Everyone of those administrator will be in line for a 3 percent raise, except Bassett, who would receive a little more, if the board approves.

Bassett's salary would equal $739.46 a day, with 261 work days a year.

The district’s business manager Stuart Simpson, who hold a masters of business administration degree and has been in the district for 8 years, would receive $141,440.

Associate superintendent Tami Eshleman would receive $134,823.

On the low end of the scale of top administrators is Assistant High School Athletic Director Brett Joneson, who would be paid $82,400 if the packages are approved.

Joneson is in his first year at North Platte.

Assistant High School Principal Peggy Bourge would receive $96,820 next year. She is finishing her first year. 

Five elementary principals are also slated for a $2,000 a year stipend because they lead Title 1 schools, which has extra programs funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The schools are located in neighborhoods where more residents earn low to moderate income than other neighborhoods. The Title schools are Jefferson, Lincoln, Cody, Washington and Buffalo.

The total cost of the top salaries would be $1.7 million. The raises would add about $33,500 to the districts’ salary costs for those top administrators, compared to this school year.

That total would be higher but Osgood and Lake Principal Midge Mougey will resign at the end of the school year, so the district stands to save nearly $17,000 for that salary. Mougey is currently earning $106,000, which would have increased to more than $109,000 with a 3 percent increase. But, the Osgood-Lake position is slated to pay $92,000 next year, the base pay for a first-year principal.

No vote is expected Tuesday on the top pay packages. The board will consider and ask questions. A vote is expected at the next meeting March 25.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the McKinley Center, F and Willow streets.

The full agenda is posted on the North Platte Public Schools website, www.nppsd.org. From there, school board documents can be seen by clicking on eMeetings (Board) near the top of the district’s home page.


E-cigarette ban

Among other business, the board will consider adding e-cigarettes to the list of tobacco products that are prohibited on school property, including parking lots.

“Tobacco product look-alikes, and products intended to replicate tobacco products either by appearance or effect” would be prohibited, according to the draft proposal.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/10/2014
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