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Luna defends big pay raises for staffers

Idaho's schools superintendent is defending big pay raises he gave his top staffers earlier this year as temporary hikes that are part of a strategy to ease the transition for his successor, the Lewiston Tribune reports. Those who received raises include Tom Luna's former deputy chief of staff, Jason Hancock, whose wage was bumped from $44.40 per hour to $65.23 per hour. Former communications director Melissa McGrath received a raise from $36 per hour to $49.54. Both Hancock and McGrath have since left the Idaho Department of Education, but most of the 22 people who also received raises remain, Luna told the Tribune. Click below for a full report from the AP and the Trib.

Teachers at 499 Idaho schools getting bonuses, those at 155 schools aren’t

Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna has announced that under the now-repealed “Students Come First” laws, teachers in 499 schools across the state will receive bonuses for their work last school year, while those in 155 schools will not. Data for 12 schools still is in the works. The bonuses are going out on the basis of student achievement by school, measured partly by test scores. In the Boise School District, for example, teachers at North Junior High will get $234,955 in bonuses, while teachers at South Junior High will get nothing. Teachers at Highlands Elementary School will split $78,000 in bonuses, while those at Garfield, Whitney and Hawthorne elementaries will get nothing. Every high school in the district qualified for bonuses for its teachers, except for Frank Church High School, the district's alternative school.

Luna said about eight in 10 Idaho teachers will get bonuses under the program, with the average around $2,000. You can see the complete list here, by school.

Some state workers get bonuses after three years of cuts, furloughs

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Administrators for the Idaho Legislative Services Office and the Department of Finance have approved cash bonuses for dozens of staffers at the close of the fiscal year. Records obtained Friday by The Associated Press show 102 staffers will be getting one-time bonuses on the final pay day scheduled for June 24. The bonuses range from $1,300 to as high as $5,000 for employees of those two agencies. Smaller bonuses have been approved for staffers in the Idaho Appellate Public Defender's Office and the Idaho Commission for Libraries. This year's round of bonuses is the first approved in several fiscal years for state workers. The pay perks also come in the wake of three years of significant budget cuts among state agencies and several years of state employee layoffs and furloughs; click below for a full report.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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