ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-10-096

Date Created : 06/14/2010


Co-op Directors
other: General Business Managers

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - William J. Goff, Assistant Commissioner
Classified Employee Minimum Hourly Rate for 2010-2011 Consumer Price Index

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann. 6-17-2203

Contact Person:
Dottie Belk

Phone Number:


Ark. Code Ann. 6-17-2203 requires school districts to increase the minimum hourly rate paid to full-time classified school employees by a percentage equal to the percentage increase of the consumer price index (CPI). The result is the new minimum hourly rate to be paid to all full-time classified school employees. An example of this calculation is attached below.

The legislation does not provide a specific source for the CPI data. The Department recognizes the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website as a valid source of CPI data: CPI data used for the percentage increase calculation is found at (check the first box, which is labeled 'U.S. All items, 1982-84=100 - CWUR0000SA0', scroll to the bottom of the page and click the button labeled [Retrieve data]). The data on this page indicate the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers increased by 0.56% from the twelve-month average ending in April 2009 (average of May 2008 - April 2009) to the twelve-month average ending April 2010 (average of May 2009 - April 2010.) The minimum hourly rate for the 2009-2010 school year was $7.55. The established increase for 2010-2011 is 0.56% or $0.04 per hour, which results in the new minimum rate of $7.59 per hour.

If a school district is currently paying full-time classified employees $7.59 or higher, there is no mandate to increase the rate by 0.56%.

For more information on the CPI, go to the following website:

(If you cannot click the link(s) above, copy and paste it into your browser.)


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