KSU employees to get pay hike

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

In an effort to make up for a year in which employees saw no salary increases, Kentucky State University officials intend to give 4 percent raises by December.

The pay increases - which are proposed to be reflected in pay checks in January 2004 - were discussed Thursday during a KSU Board of Regents special meeting. University officials are putting together a budget for the 2003-04 academic year that is to include pay raises for employees, but cuts approximately 30 positions that are unfilled currently, according to the school's budget director Keith Shipman.

Regents are expected to approve the approximately $50 million budget by July 1. Barring that, Board Chairman Bill Wilson said they will approve a continuation of last year's spending plan and final approval will come later in the month after regents review the new budget more closely.

Shipman said administrators decided on the 4 percent figure for salary increases to try to make up for last year when university employees didn't even receive a 2 percent cost-of-living raise.

Administrators and upper level university employees will not receive raises, Shipman said.

Meanwhile, university health insurance costs will increase by 19 percent, Shipman said, and the university will pay for 14 percent of the increase.

"That means the salary increase that you see will be real salary increases," said Shipman.

Next year's budget also allocates more money to academic affairs and student affairs departments - both of which were recommended in an extensive program review of the school.

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