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School administrator raises win approval

School administrators will receive the same salary percentage increase next year as the teachers they supervise.

The North Wasco County School District 21 board approved a 1 percent cost of living adjustment for non-represented employees during their July 9 meeting.

“Usually when the board approves a contract they approve a COLA for the others too,” said Superintendent Candy Armstrong. “You don’t have to do that forever, but it does help keep us competitive in terms of compensation.”

Staff not represented by a union includes administrators (including Armstrong), confidential staff and supervisory personnel such as facilities director Dennis Whitehouse and chief financial officer Randy Anderson.

Licensed staff have already been granted a one percent increase this fiscal year and a two percent increase the following year, and the contract for classified staff includes a two percent increase for the next two years.

Armstrong said the increase for non-represented employees had already been budgeted for. She said it would be prudent for the district to look at doing an in-depth salary survey next year to make sure the district is staying competitive in terms of drawing talented job applicants to the area.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first for newly elected board members Eric Nerdin, John Nelson and Dean McAllister. During the meeting the board voted to elect director Ernie Blatz as board chair and Carole Roderick as vice chair.

The board will be getting another new face soon due to the resignation of director Robert Snyder, who was midway through his term. The district is looking for applicants to fill his position representing Zone 3.

The zone encompasses the area roughly bordered by West 10th Street, Chenowith Creek, Walnut Street and the Columbia River.

Zone maps and descriptions can be found at under the School Board tab.

Those interested in submitting their name for consideration by the board should deliver a completed application to the district offices at 3632 West 10th Street or email Cindy Miller at For more information contact Miller at 541-506-3420 ext. 1002.


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