Superintendent and board take salary freeze

April 14, 2010

Superintendent Kurt Wachholz and West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board members will take salary freezes in the midst of ongoing budget difficulties.

Like most school districts in the state, West Allis-West Milwaukee faces budget hardships due to the bad economy and declining state aid.

Wachholz's contract approved by the board Monday covers July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. He makes $147,500 annually.

Wachholz's salary freeze follows a trend of area superintendents in the Greenfield, Whitnall and Greendale school districts, among others, who have taken wage freezes.

Wachholz said during Monday's meeting that part of his new contract also includes establishing a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior at both Hale and Central high schools. Students in alternative education programs could also apply based on their "home" high school of Hale or Central.

School Board salaries were due to increase by 2 percent beginning May 1, but the board decided Monday to rescind that raise. Board members make $6,270 per year while the board president earns $7,765.

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