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Tosa school administrators to get smaller pay bumps

Dec. 18, 2013

The Wauwatosa School District gave administrators more modest raises this year than last, with many getting a percentage point less in increased pay, while others received raises that were even with last year, according to the state Department of Public Instruction and documents provided by the district.

Human Resources Director Dan Chanen said the aggregate increase for administrators was 2 percent, the same as the across-the-board increase given to teachers, although the distribution among individual administrators ranged generally from 0 to 3 percent, with a couple of exceptions.

Smaller increases

Superintendent Phil Ertl, whose pay increase was announced a few weeks go, saw his raise drop from 4 percent a year ago to 2 percent this year. He makes $167,013.

The second highest paid administrator is Business Services Director John Mack, whose raise dropped from 4 percent to 3 percent, giving him a salary of $142,811.

Third on the list is Director of Student Learning Elizabeth Erenberger, whose raise also dropped from 4 percent to 3 percent, making her yearly salary $128,827.

Chanen, Tosa East Principal Nick Hughes, Tosa West Principal Frank Calarco and Director of Student Services Therese Kwiatkowski are among the top administrators who got smaller increases this year.

Unusual changes

Among the anomalies, Madison Elementary School Principal Lori Lester got a 5 percent raise, the highest among district administrators this year, but this comes after receiving no raise last year.

Another was the case of Michael Heun, who does double duty as principal of Wilson Elementary and the WSTEM school. Heun got an increase of about $19,000 last year, to $95,000 on an annualized basis, when he moved from an assistant principal at East to principal of the two schools, and then a 3 percent raise this year, to $97,850. His big increase when he moved to the principal job brought him roughly in line with his predecessor at Wilson.

Collecting data

"There's an overall salary target for the administrators as a group, kind of like there is for teachers. We look at comparable districts, we look at size of school — so we look at a number of factors and kind of make sure the overall raise is within the 2 percent," Chanen said.

Ertl makes the final decisions, Chanen said.

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