School board addresses salary discrepancy issue

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis school board on Tuesday passed a motion allowing it to rectify salary discrepancies that may have occurred in the calculation of the employee pay schedule this year.

“One of the school board members said an employee came to him and said his salary was lower this year than last year,” said Assistant Superintendent Jim McDaniel.

Passing the motion allows the administration to handle complaints individually, McDaniel said.

“If we come across any salary that is lower than the previous year, the motion would allow us to raise that salary at least to the 2003-2004 level,” McDaniel said in Tuesday’s meeting.

In any given year, there could be a variety of minor problems that need to be fixed in employees’ contracts, McDaniel said. Occasionally the employees change jobs or forget to send transcripts to the administration from a degree they earned.

Board member Mark Lansford suggested the administration send a note to employees informing them of potential mistakes.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

n The board entered into executive session to discuss concerns stemming from an exclusive contract with Pepsi.

After executive session, board members directed Clovis schools attorney John F. Kennedy to write a letter to the New Mexico Research and Study Council requesting it notify Pepsi of concerns about compliance with an exclusive beverage contract. Pepsi will then have opportunity to satisfy those concerns.

The New Mexico Research and Study Council set up the contract with 42 other school districts, Kennedy said.
Kennedy declined to comment about the board’s specific complaints.

n The board passed a motion to upgrade the electrical system of Marshall Junior High School for $95,074.

n School officials presented the pastors of Central Baptist Church and Faith Christian Family Church with service-to-education awards for their support of the district.