The Union School District’s administrators and confidential staff will receive pay increases in 2018-19.

The Union School Board voted Wednesday to give 1.5 percent pay raises to the school district’s two administrators and two confidential staff members, said Superintendent Carter Wells.

Wells and grade school principal Chris Dunlap are the school district’s administrators. Its confidential staff is composed of Deputy Clerk Mendy Clark and maintenance supervisor Jack Aldrich. Confidential employees are those who are not administrators or members of the school district’s teacher or classified staff bargaining units.

The administrators and confidential staff members also received a boost of $40 per month in the money they receive to pay for health insurance premiums.

Wells noted the pay and benefit increases received by the administrators and confidential staff are the same as those received by its teachers and classified staff. Classified staff employees include cooks, secretaries, custodians, grounds crew members and education aids.

In other matters at Wednesday’s meeting, the school board spoke with Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Humphries about the work he will do as the district’s new school resource officer in 2018-19. Humphries will provide at least 10 hours of service a week to the Union School District, which is believed to have never had a school resource officer until now. Humphries will also serve as SRO for the North Powder, Cove and La Grande school districts, who are pooling funds to pay for Humphries’ services.

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