Mehlville School District increases pay for support staff

Mehlville School District increases pay for support staff
Posted on 05/26/2022
Support staff employeesThe Mehlville Board of Education has approved pay increases for all support staff, including employee groups facing the biggest workforce shortages.

“Over the past few years, we have struggled to fill vacancies in our facilities and custodial, transportation and school food and nutrition departments, as well as for cafeteria and recess monitors,” said Dr. Chad Dickemper, executive director of planning and operations. “Our staff have made heroic efforts to serve our students, and I’m pleased we are able to increase their pay. We will continue to examine salaries in an effort to attract and retain the highest quality workforce.”

On average during the 2021-2022 school year, about 24% of custodian positions were vacant, about 16% of bus driver positions were vacant, and about 17% of school food positions were vacant.

Starting hourly pay for custodians is up to $14, school food technicians and cafeteria-recess monitors are up to $13.85 and bus drivers are up to $17. Paid training is provided, and those with relevant previous experience start at a higher hourly rate.

Mehlville School District custodians and bus drivers qualify for a retirement pension plan; health, vision, dental and life insurance, and paid time off. Additionally, our support staff say that the work they do is rewarding.

“My favorite thing about working here is the kids,” said Brenda Vogt, School Food and Nutrition technician at Bernard Middle School. “I love being able to be there for the kids and make sure they have meals each day.” 

Learn more about our employment opportunities and apply online. For questions or to request a paper application, please call 314-467-5102.

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