Andy Rikli

Andy Rikli

After skipping a pay raise for this school year, Papillion-La Vista Superintendent Andy Rikli will get a bump next year.

School board members extended Rikli’s contract Monday night and awarded him a $6,777 pay raise for 2019-20.

That boosts his salary to $237,302.

The hike amounts to 2.94 percent. His benefits are staying the same and include a transportation allowance, vacation, sick leave and life, health, dental and disability insurance.

Rikli, who has served as superintendent of the Papillion-La Vista Community Schools since July 2013, told the board that he is “extremely well-compensated” and that the district has been good to him and his family.

“I truly consider myself lucky to be here,” he said.

Rikli opted to forgo a pay raise last year because district voters were considering a bond issue. It has since passed. He said at the time that he did not want his salary to be a distraction.

The three-year contract extension runs through the 2021-22 school year.

Board members also approved pay raises averaging about 3 percent for district administrators, a group that includes principals, assistant principals and directors.

Two of the three assistant superintendents received pay raises of 2.92 percent. Their salaries for 2019-20 will be as follows: Doug Lewis, assistant superintendent for business, $191,645; Renee Hyde, assistant superintendent for human resources, $190,752.

The third assistant superintendent, John Schwartz, who oversees teaching and learning, will be leaving the district in the summer.

Schwartz has been tapped by the Norris School District as its next superintendent. Current Norris Superintendent John Skretta is leaving to become the administrator of Educational Service Unit No. 6.

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