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Hillsboro School board gives Scott a 3-percent raise

Hillsboro School District Superintendent Mike Scott will received a 3 percent salary increase next school year and an extension of his contract through the 2018-19 school year.

The 3 percent raise is in line with salary increases for other non-union administrative employees at the district.

School board members voted unanimously at the June 14 board meeting to approve the raise for Scott, which will also include a 76 percent increase in the amount the district will contribute to a tax-sheltered annuity.

He will earn a salary of $187,041 during the 2016-17 school year, with a 3 percent salary increase each year thereafter. His total yearly compensation in 2016-17 will be $246,541 — including an increase in contributions to a tax-sheltered annuity from $23,575 to $41,560 next school year.

“The board has had a goal of making the compensation of all employee groups more competitive as we fell significantly behind as a result of the economic downturn that began in 2008,” communications director Beth Graser wrote in an email. “To that end, (board members) asked (district legal counsel) Brian Hungerford to research the total compensation packages and contract language for superintendents in comparable districts around the state.”

“I’m just happy that we got to a place where ... we got to start making up a little bit of ground,” said board member Kim Strelchun. “We have fallen quite behind in the tri-county area,” she said in reference to salaries in similar districts.

Board member Glenn Miller echoed Strelchun’s sentiments: “It’s long overdue.”

Scott waived his contracted salary increase for three consecutive years between 2010 and 2013, when the district was in the midst of cutbacks.