RPS announces proposed pay-schedule change for staff

Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 7:46 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Many teachers at Rochester Public Schools (RPS) may see a change in pay over the next few months after the school district announced its need for a payroll schedule shift. This change would only impact staff part of the Rochester Education Association (REA).

“There were people here with like physical symptoms like chest pains and people crying,” said an RPS teacher. “It was probably the most stressed out that I’ve ever seen teachers at my site in the last 16 years that I’ve been here.”

Currently RPS staff that are part of the Rochester Education Association are paid once a month, with contracts beginning in August and ending in July.

The school district and REA have now proposed the idea of twice a month pay.

This pay schedule shift would start in September and end in August, meaning RPS staff would not be compensated for the month of August this year.

“To kind of cover that gap, they were going to take a portion of their next five paychecks and that’s what they were going to give to them in August,” said an RPS teacher’s spouse.

“It’s 16.7 percent pay cut,” said an RPS teacher.

In a statement he sent KTTC, Interim Superintendent for RPS says,

KTTC reached out to the president of REA who says he is still in negotiations with RPS over these changes and until a resolution is reached, he cannot discuss further.

“I’m uncomfortable because my wife is upset,” an RPS teacher’s spouse. “I can’t imagine very many of the general public would be going, yeah it’s a good idea to skip a month of pay.”

RPS and REA are planning on fixing this proposed idea, but teachers say it’s been an overall stressful time between payroll discussions, contract negotiations and a $20 million budget deficit.

This is a developing story.

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