by Sarah Harper
Top school officials in St. Paul will not experience increases in their health benefits or salaries for the next two years as a result of a compensation plan approved Tuesday.
The school board approved the contract for administrators, which will last until June 2013, according to the Star Tribune.
Administrators will be able to cash in five earned vacation days to get a $2,350 increase in their professional development allowances, which the district says will ease the pain of the pay freeze, reported the Pioneer Press.
The district and teachers are now in negotiations for a contract, which the district expects to approve in the spring, according to the Star Tribune.
The Star Tribune also reports that the board approved a budget that resulted in the loss of 345 jobs, the consolidation of programs and the reorganization of the administration.