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June 26, 2014

RRTC Board approves pay raises for instructors

DUNCAN — Red River Technology Center instructors will receive an increase to their salaries for the coming school year.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the RRTC Board of Education approved $151,000 in salary increases, which amounts to about $125 per instructor. The board said the pay raises were earned by the teachers, who have continued to provide training for area students in various fields.

“With the industry moving at the rate it is, we’re fortunate to hold on to the staff we have,” RRTC Superintendent Dennis Loafman said.

Although Loafman said the teaching staff appreciates the board’s consideration of pay increase, the board members said they’re appreciative of the work the instructors have done.

“We only wish it could be more,” board vice president Dee Williams said.

In addition to the pay raises, the board added a new position at the suggestion of Loafman.

The position, director of student affairs, was designed to reduce the workloads for several staff members, including the principal and the counselors, jobs that have continued to grow in job responsibilities.

Loafman said instead of adding another principal and another counselor, the best alternative was to create one position that would alleviate those positions of some of their duties.

“Those jobs have grown,” Loafman said. “People in those positions would never had said anything, but being a former principal, I know how busy it is.”

Once the addition of the position was approved, the board turned around and filled it.

Sylvia Loveday, who has been a counselor for the technology center for the past five years, was hired for the position. Loafman said two potential candidates for the job stood out, but it was Loveday who ended up with the new position.

“She was the best candidate we have,” Loafman said. “She’s done a great job.”

With Loveday moving into a new role, she will also be moving into a vacant office. This will free up her position as counselor, Loafman said, which the technology center will start advertising.

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