This school board caved to the teachers. First they are doing this work to contract stuff and now through their temper tantrums they get over 6 million more in pay..and the students loose not only people but needed programs that help them. This is insanity. It’s time for the BOCC to tell these clowns you won’t get any more money than what’s allocated last year..period. The fact that spending increased nearly in lockstep with teacher’s pay is disgusting.
The elimination of media assistants was one of several cuts the school board made while building its spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget — which represents a $6 million increase over fiscal 2012 — also includes less money for supplies and school materials and a deferal of $1.9 million in textbook replacements.
In exchange for these cuts, school officials were able to avoid class size increases and furlough days for staff — which had been proposed in earlier versions of the spending plan.
The adopted budget allocates $1.2 million to support enrollment growth and building expansion, $861,000 for the opening of the new Carroll Creek Montessori Charter School and $2.6 million to continuation of existing programs and services.
The budget also includes a $6.8 million resource pool dedicated to salary increases, which serves as a placeholder while the school board completes negotiations with its three employee unions.