PELLA — Employees in the Pella Community School District will receive wage increases for the upcoming academic year.

On Monday, the Pella School Board approved wage increases for staff, ranging between 3.1-3.8%. Administrators and supervisors received the lowest at 3.1%, with bus drivers receiving the highest increase at 3.8%.

Other specific contract adjustments were made for five employees in the district, including a full-time dean of students, director of special education, business manager, high school nurse and maintenance employee.

Last week, the board approved a 3.29% wage increase for teachers for a total increase of $470,760.

Superintendent Greg Ebeling also received a 3.1% increase, with a base salary projected at $282,496 for the 2023-24 academic year. According to the Iowa Department of Education's website, Ebeling was the 18th highest-paid superintendent in the state for the 2022-23 academic year. The average statewide last year was $170,968.

In other news, the board approved a request to replace 800 of the district’s 1:1 electronic devices for a total cost of $289,600. The devices are expected to last four years.

Emily Hawk is the associate editor of the Ottumwa Courier and the Oskaloosa Herald. She can be reached at

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