Board upholds former principals’ pay rates

2010-10-08T00:00:00Z Board upholds former principals’ pay ratesBy Nick Gevock of The Montana Standard Montana Standard
October 08, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Butte school trustees in a split decision Thursday upheld Superintendent Linda Reksten's decision to deny longevity pay for two former principals who resigned last year to return to teaching.

The board in a 5-2 vote moved to deny teaching credit for the years that Jennifer Luoma and Christy Johnson spent as administrators. Luoma, former principal at Kennedy Elementary, and Johnson, the former Whittier Elementary principal, appealed Reksten's decision to set their pay based on their years in the classroom. The decision dropped both educators on the pay scale.

Luoma and Johnson made statements to the board last month during a regular meeting. The board opted to table the matter.

Board members took the vote Thursday after a closed-door legal strategy session with Pat Fleming, a lawyer hired by the district to consult on personnel issues and labor relations.

Trustees voting in favor of upholding Reksten's decision were Vikki O'Brien, Patti Hepola, David Kerr, Debbie Shea and Linda Sorini-Granger. Trustees Rayelynn Connole and Kristen Rosa voted against and Nancy Gibson did not vote as the lone member representing only the high school district.

Connole and Rosa could not be reached for comment on why they voted no.

Reporter Nick Gevock may be reached at nick.gevock@

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