Due to low utility costs this past winter and unfilled teacher and administrative vacancies, a surplus of $2 million was identified. $990,000 of this was used for raises ranging from $10,000 a person to $26,000 a person for select administrators. Although details of the contracts will not be released until they go into effect on July 1, the school district public information officer stated the increases were to compensate for step increases that were foregone in years past, and to bring salaries in line with the market. Remaining money from the surplus will go towards more modest raises for support and food staff.
The school board also voted on the teacher contracts, which involved slight changes to the salary increases for teachers in the mid-level salary range. Although board members did approve the contracts, there was some disagreement over the legality and ethics of voting on an item that had been added to the agenda at the beginning of that session.
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