continued This budgeting season, schools were tasked with trying to conform to the new state mandated tax cap and looked to non-mandated expenses for reductions.
Hanlon said the district is looking to see how many late bus days it can restore, with the goal to have late buses run the current Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday schedule.
“To remove it totally probably wasn’t the best budgetary position at the time,” Hanlon said.
The Administrators union agreed to extend its current contract until June 30, 2013, with a 3 percent salary increase in next school year.
Hanlon said the 3 percent increase was given because administrators are being “shuffled around” and taking on additional duties. In the past two years, four administrator positions were cut, leaving the current 13 members.
“All of the administrators are kind of doing double duty,” Hanlon said. “These folks are working harder and there is fewer of them.”
The 29-member Secretarial Association also extended its current contract to June 30, 2014, with a 2 percent salary increase in both of the coming two years. The same extension length and salary increases were approved for the school aides and monitors unions.
The teachers’ union contract, which was settled in June 2011, provided a 1 percent “cost of living” increase in the 2011-12 school year, with no increase in 2012-13.
The district wasn’t able to supply the overall cost implications for the contractual salary increases before The Spotlight went to print.
Hanlon said the district budgeted for the increases, which are similar to the salary increase of automatic “step” pay raises in teacher contracts.