School district strapped but still gives raises

Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat /

Calaveras Unified School District - the biggest district in Calaveras County - will give all of its teachers, and likely its other employees, pay raises despite a rocky two-year budget outlook.

The district in March and again on Tuesday had to declare that its reserve account may dip below the state requirement of 3 percent of spending in the 2015-2016 school year.

The budget declared at Tuesday's board meeting projected a 2.4 percent reserve in 2015-2016, no longer 2.7 percent as projected in March.

Despite that, the board also approved ongoing and one-time pay raises for teachers.

First, a 1.7 percent ongoing raise was given to the lowest tier of the salary schedule, which was the only tier left out during raises last year, Superintendent Mark Campbell said.

Then an additional 3 percent ongoing raise will be added to every tier of the salary schedule. Finally, a 2 percent one time raise will be given next year.

The raises will cost the district about $750,000. That's for about 160 teachers in the district.

For the complete story, see the May 15, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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