The Hays USD 489 school board will change its location for Monday night’s regular meeting for a tour and short agenda that includes the results of a study on wages for classified employees.
The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Hays Middle School. The meeting will include a tour of the building to highlight updates and building needs.
Also on the agenda is a discussion of a study conducted for the district by Fort Hays State University’s Docking Institute of Public Affairs. The study was conducted by Jian Sun, assistant director of the Docking Institute, and Luis Montelongo, research coordinator.
The study compared the wages of the district’s classified employees — kitchen employees, custodians, secretaries, office assistants, bus drivers, maintenance workers and information technology employees — with those in five other districts and private employers in Hays and six other cities.
The study found that starting wages of maintenance and IT technicians are on the higher end of the six districts in the study, but starting wages of secretaries and IT assistants are lower. Starting wages of other job positions fell in the middle.
Average starting wages for cooks/kitchen leads, kitchen assistants/food service workers, bus drivers and maintenance workers are above or on par with average starting wages reported by Hays employers, but are below the Hays average for custodians, secretaries, office assistants, and IT assistants and technicians.
Also on the agenda for Monday is an executive session to discuss negotiations with the Hays chapter of the National Education Association.