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Extra pay

Steamboat Springs — Giving Dale the extra pay goes against the idea of being a salaried employee. Have you noticed how many departments can't seem to find help in our city … teachers, school bus drivers, city bus drivers, janitors, etc.? Seems like the administrators are getting a really big piece of the pie while the lower echelons are scrambling to make ends meet or simply leaving for better paying jobs. — Giving Dale the extra pay goes against the idea of being a salaried employee. Have you noticed how many departments can't seem to find help in our city … teachers, school bus drivers, city bus drivers, janitors, etc.? Seems like the administrators are getting a really big piece of the pie while the lower echelons are scrambling to make ends meet or simply leaving for better paying jobs.

— Giving Dale the extra pay goes against the idea of being a salaried employee. Have you noticed how many departments can’t seem to find help in our city … teachers, school bus drivers, city bus drivers, janitors, etc.? Seems like the administrators are getting a really big piece of the pie while the lower echelons are scrambling to make ends meet or simply leaving for better paying jobs.

– heybartender

Not ‘part of the job’

It seems to me that a bonus on the order of 10K would be fair.

As to what constitutes a high paying job, some of you guys are out to lunch. Overall responsibility for the same size budget, number of employees, amount and value of real property and equipment (not to mention students!) would pay twice as much in the private sector. Nobody in education is overpaid and that includes the administrators.

Additional hours spent on the job you have is not the same as additional responsibilities taken on for another position. When others (teachers/staff) in the district take on additional responsibilities they do not “chalk it up as part of the job” as posted above. They get paid for it. Dale should too.

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– another_local

Increase wages?

Thirty years to get to what should be a starting wage in this Valley. Does anybody hear the wake up call? If you want to keep good workers you need to pay them a decent wage. It’s time all the employers in this valley woke up.

– nxoby36

Rasing wages unlikely

Raising wages is a real nice idea, but it’s not going to happen in any meaningful manner anytime soon because the money coming in won’t support it. If a business closes up due to lack of employees, that’s the same as closing up due to a lack of income from sales. The money coming in has to exceed the money going out, or the business folds.

– id04sp

Communication is key

I know we don’t always agree with the decisions our council makes, but the best way to influence those decisions is through communication. Take your ideas to your councilperson. They are the community’s voice on the important issues, but if they don’t know where their community stands, how can they effectively represent us? Sometimes things still won’t go the way you’ve hoped, but at least you’ll know you voiced your opinion and tried to make positive change.

– driver267