Regents to consider room and board rate increases, pay raises for some at KU

Kansas University students will pay more for room and board under a proposed increase in student housing and food service.

And KU maintenance and service workers and law enforcement would get a raise under another proposal.

The Kansas Board of Regents will take up the issues during its monthly meeting next week.

The room-and-board proposal would increase the yearly rate by $178, from $7,080 to $7,258, which equals 2.5 percent. That increase is for a typical double occupancy room and board contract.

All six state universities have submitted increases to the regents, which will discuss the matter on Wednesday and make a final decision in December. If approved, the KU proposal would take effect July 1, 2012.

The proposed increases range from 1.7 percent at Wichita State to 4 percent at Pittsburg State. Kansas State’s is 3.5 percent; Emporia State, 2.6 percent; and Fort Hays State, 2.4 percent.

Even with the increases, the cost of room and board at the Kansas schools would remain below the $8,194 average for public universities in the Midwest, according to a regents memo.

About 4,800 students live in KU student housing. The proposed increase “will enable the housing and dining operations to continue providing exceptional on-campus living experiences, which remain a great value for the students’ dollar,” a KU memo said.

On the pay raise issue, KU has proposed giving an annual raise of $525 for safety and security officers and $815 for police officers and detectives. To be eligible, employees must have satisfactory job evaluations from 2008 to 2010.

KU also is proposing giving maintenance and service employees, represented by Local 1290 PE, a $500 annual raise. In addition, covered employees who have satisfactory job evaluations and no suspensions from 2008 through 2010 will get an additional $140 increase. The proposed raises, which have already been approved by employee and employer representatives, would take effect Dec. 11 if approved by the regents.

By Scott Rothschild

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