Bozeman School District principals and other administrators will receive pay raises of 2.5% in each of the next two school years.

School board trustees have voted unanimously to approve raises for 26 administrators.

“I would say our administrative team is doing a great job,” Superintendent Rob Watson said Monday.

Principals’ jobs are pretty tough, and when there are openings, not a lot of people apply, so the district wants to retain the good people it has, Watson said.

The board recently approved contracts awarding pay raises of 3% and 2% for 500 teachers the next two years and 4% and 4% for clerks and other non-teaching classified employees.

Not included in the administrative salary list is the superintendent’s pay. Watson, Bozeman’s superintendent for the past seven years, earned $150,542 this school year. He is leaving to take the superintendent’s job leading the larger Missoula County Public Schools, where he will earn $180,000 next year.

The Bozeman School Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday. At 4 p.m. the board will hold a public meeting to interview four finalists for the superintendent’s job. Trustees will meet in the Berg Library, on the second floor of Bozeman High School’s North Classroom Building.

A community reception for the four finalists will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday in the high school’s South Cafeteria, near the oval drive. The public is invited to meet the candidates and offer feedback to the school trustees. They plan to hold a special meeting June 18 to choose a superintendent.

Pay for each Bozeman school district administrator is based on years of service, education levels, the number of days worked per year and the number of students overseen.

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

Gail Schontzler covers schools and Montana State University for the Chronicle.

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