MOSES LAKE — A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the Moses Lake School District and the district’s school principals and senior administrators.
The one-year contract covers 27 principals, assistant principals, district directors and assistant directors, according to MLSD spokesperson McKenna Bruner, and grants them a 3.1 percent “base salary increase” based on the consumer price index and a 6 percent increase based on “state funded regionalization” for the current school year.
Principals and directors have been working without a contract since the last deal expired at the end of June 2018.
According to Bruner, the minimum salary for principals and directors under the new, year-long contract is $97,789, while the maximum is $146,862. However, the MLSD said “school leaders will now have a portion of their compensation” tied to the accomplishment of district goals.
This year, the school board has committed to improving math education and cutting the current district budget by 5 percent, or roughly $6 million.
“The work of school administrators is critical,” Superintendent Josh Meek said in a news release. “Research has proven time and time again that effective school leadership is essential in positively impacting student learning and school wide culture.”
Meek added that he is “confident of the collective work that our united focus will bring in making meaningful improvements for the youth of our community.”
The Moses Lake School Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed new contract at its next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14.