Philadelphia school principals asked to take pay cuts

School principals in Philadelphia are being asked to take pay cuts of up to 17 percent to help the district make its budget. Credit: Metro file photo
School principals in Philadelphia are being asked to take pay cuts of up to 17 percent to help the district make its budget.
Credit: Metro file photo

Philadelphia School District principals learned during a union meeting Thursday night that their salaries will be cut by up to 17 percent under a tentative agreement with the district.

The principals would also be required to pay for a portion of their health-care premiums under the deal, KYW Newsradio reported.

A majority of principals would take a 15 to 17 percent pay cut under the agreement, Rob McGrogan, president of the Commonwealth Association of School Administrators, told KYW following a two-hour closed-door meeting at Lincoln High School. The union’s 500 members, fearful the School Reform Commission will impose the terms regardless, will vote on the agreement by mail by March 17.

The deal calls for the principals to be paid as 10-month employees, as opposed to 12-month employees.

The school district is asking unions to make $133 million in concessions for the 2014-15 budget.



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