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Robbing the janitor to pay the administrator

July 27, 2012

SPOKANE, WA — If you think it''s backward that the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) is hiking salaries for its top administrators, while cutting the salaries of janitors, plumbers and groundskeepers, you''re not alone, according to The Spokesman-Review.

Despite being in the midst of a fiscal crisis, it would see that the smallest salaries are "too big," and the biggest salaries are "too small," the article stated.

"It''s a crazy system. You wouldn''t design it that way on your worst day," said Greg Stevens, chief financial officer for CCS, an original designer and supporter of the system.

According to the article, the college did not want to cut the pay of classified staffers, but was locked into it by complications surrounding the collective bargaining agreement.

What it boils down to is this: The classified staff is getting a three percent pay cut; the instructional staff is not getting raises; students will see their tuition rise by 12 percent this fall; and administrative salaries are rising, the article noted.

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