LTCC approves pay raises for faculty members
Lake Tahoe Community College on Tuesday approved raises for its full-time and part-time faculty, along with temporary bonuses to the school’s three interim deans.
The tentative faculty agreement consists of a two percent salary increase for all 38 full-time teachers and a move to a different rate system for part-timers, which essentially gives adjunct faculty a five percent increase on their hourly rate.
Though the percentages are different, the hourly pay increase for part-time faculty isn’t quite equivalent to a full-time faculty salary, LTCC President Kindred Murillo said.
The college’s Board of Trustees approved the raises unanimously, making them the first for the faculty since 2008.
“We felt, and I’ve felt this way for a long time, that if everybody works really hard and tries to do the best we can, then we should try to do something for our employees after a lot of years of working really hard with less people,” Murillo said Wednesday.
LTCC was in negotiations for a new faculty contract for more than a year. The raises, which will be retroactive to July 1, will cost the school about $100,000 per year, depending on the number of part-time employees.
“I know some people are trying to associate that the college has done the salary increases based on the fact that we got the ($55 million) bond,” Murillo said. “We would have given those salary increases regardless of the bond.”
The interim executive dean of CTE and instruction, interim executive dean of student and academic support services and interim executive dean of instruction were also given additional compensation in the form of a $10,000 per year bonus.
Murillo said the temporary stipend was given to the three deans because they took on additional higher-level responsibilities while the vice president of academic affairs and student services position remained vacant.
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