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KANKAKEE — The Kankakee school board this week approved raises for administrators for the budget year starting July 1.

Most of the 20 administrators are getting increases of either 2 percent or 2.5 percent. However, Fiona Walz, a junior high assistant principal, is getting a 6 percent hike. She is planning to retire at the end of the next school year, according to the district.

In March, the board approved pay increases for 18 administrators for the current budget year. Four received no raises at all, while two got the highest increases at 6 percent. The raises were retroactive to July 1. At the time, Superintendent Genevra Walters said the increases were based on merit and given after teachers union negotiations ended.

In May, the board approved a contract for Walters that gave her a 4 percent retroactive raise for this budget year and a 4 percent increase for the next.

In other action at Monday’s meeting, the board appointed T.J. Lee as assistant principal for Kankakee High School, with a salary of $81,000.

Lee previously was a dean of students at the suburban Park Forest-Chicago Heights school district. He holds two master’s degrees from Concordia University in River Forest. One degree is in school leadership and the other in curriculum and instruction. He has been working in education for 14 years.

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