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New contracts for secretary, principal units approved by Cloquet School Board

The secretarial contract includes a 3% increase in the salary schedule, while the principal contract contains a 2.45% increase in base salary for 2022-2023.

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Garfield School in Cloquet
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CLOQUET — New contracts for the Cloquet School District’s secretarial and principal units were approved unanimously by the board at its Monday, Aug. 8 meeting at Garfield School.

The new contract for the secretarial unit officially went into effect July 1, and will run through June 30, 2024.

The agreement includes a 3% increase in the salary schedule of all five of the secretarial unit categories for the fiscal year 2022-2023. The salary schedule is broken into steps, with each step representing one year of experience. A “me too” clause is also included in the contract.

“Should any collective bargaining group, not to include individual contracts, receive a base scale increase above 3% and/or a bonus or retention stipend for service to the district, secretarial unit employees will receive this as a 'me too'. Any 'me too' percentage above the 3% will be in place of the 3% and not in addition to the 3% agreement,” the contract states.

For the 2023-2024 fiscal year, the "me too” clause includes the same increase the teachers’ salary schedule received for 2023-2024, according to the contract.


The Cloquet School District’s five principals will see a 2.45% increase in their base salaries for the 2022-2023 fiscal year under their new contract, which runs from July of this year through June 30, 2025. The increase will drop to 2% in 2023-2024, while the final two fiscal years include “me too” clauses.

New contracts for the paraprofessional and maintenance and food service units will pick up during the fall, according to Superintendent Michael Cary. I’s not uncommon for contract negotiations to linger into the beginning of the school year, leaving him satisfied with the progress made thus far, he said.

“To get two of them done during the summertime has been good progress, so I feel good about that,” Cary said.

Rate changed approved for Li’l Lumberjacks and Li’l Thunder

The Li’l Lumberjacks and Li’l Thunder child care programs will move to a flat rate for their services beginning Sept. 1 after the measure was approved by the Cloquet School Board during its meeting, Monday.

Previously, the rates hourly and set at $4.80 for infants, $4.30 for toddlers and $4.05 for preschoolers, all of which included a four-hour minimum, according to the information provided in the agenda packet.

Under the new rates, care for infants will now be $50 for a full day with no half-day option, $45 for a full day for toddlers ($30 for up to six hours) and $40 for a full day of care for preschoolers ($25 up to six hours).

The pricing changes are based on recommendations from First Children’s Finance, "to work towards making both programs financially solvent," according to the packet.

Jake Przytarski is a reporter for the Cloquet Pine Journal covering a mix of news and sports.
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