Higley USD approves new hiring schedule for classified employees

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The Higley USD governing board unanimously approved a new hiring schedule for fiscal year 2019-20 at its Aug. 7 meeting.

The hiring schedule was adapted to comply with Arizona Proposition 206, which will raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Mum Martens, the district’s human resources executive director, said the schedule is a grid system with steps. She said all new employees will start at the lowest “step,” while current employees will be placed on one of the intermediate “steps” based on their job description and tenure with the school district.

“The most important thing is that we value the internal equity we have with our current employees,” Martens said. “It shows we’re making a good faith effort to our employees.”

Martens said the district is still finalizing grade classifications and where current employees should go on the grid, but those tasks should be complete by September.

Political agenda

The board also discussed the Arizona School Board Association’s draft 2020 political agenda. Board President Kristina Reese said although she does not agree with everything on the agenda, she thinks the draft represents the views of the district well.

“I think they have a pretty comprehensive draft here,” Reese said. “I think that it is a representation certainly of what we were looking for from Higley.”

The draft was approved unanimously.

In other business

• The board nominated member Scott Glover to attend the AZSBA’s delegate assembly in September. Reese singled Glover out first, as he has attended the conference in the past.

• The board authorized bank accounts and signatures for FY 2019-20 and awarded contracts to GCON and Sun Valley Builders for weatherization of San Tan and Coronado elementary schools.

The governing board will meet again at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

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