Here is the story in the Conway Daily Sun. The basis of the argument is that wages for these positions are lower ( in the bottom 20%) of the statewide pay scales, which makes retention and hiring problematic.
Currently, non union employees are compensated on a performance pay system which provides for a possible 3 percent increase based upon meeting individual performance objectives,as well as a Social Security/Cost of Living increase , if awarded.
According to the article, the Kennett High School principal works a 260 day schedule while the remaining principals and assistant principals work a 215 day schedule. A 260 day schedule is what people that work 5 days a week for 52 weeks work . Presumably, 215 days means off for most of the summer. The numbers in the article seem to validate that the pay scale, at least for the majority of the administrators, are well below the state averages.
I don't have a problem with the 215 day schedule as many of us work full time jobs and don't work 5 days per week. I only work 156 days a year. I don't however have the summer off as well as all holidays.
The question then maybe is whether people looking for those jobs want to live in say Manchester for more money, or in Conway for less money?
I also wonder why the current performance based system which is already at 3% per year ( plus COLA) is not working?