Board approves raise to teachers
Superintendent Ronald D. Tolman was administered the oath of office at school board last week. The board also approved a tentative agreement with Box Elder Classified Employees Association that includes a one percent increase based on cost of living for experienced teachers. Those who don’t qualify for the increase will be offered a one-time bonus of 1.5 percent. Rod Cook said teachers haven’t had an increase for six years.
He added this keeps the district inline with what other districts have already been offering their teachers. “It’s not like we are giving more than other districts to keep good teachers, we are just trying to keep up with the pack.”
Lynn Capener said, “We are all in harmony that we do need to give our teachers this little bit of an increase they have so drastically needed.”
To help pay for the raises the school board has transferred about $600,000 from the capital local levy to the general fund. “We have a real healthy balance in capital levy,” said Cook. “We have saved up money and are frugal. I don’t feel like we are being irresponsible.”
He explained that money has been set aside to maintaining buildings and there’s enough money in savings to build another elementary school as the district sees fit.
Bryan Smith added, “We are looking to the future—if we spend money to maintain our buildings now that will decrease our costs down the road.”
Find out what else was discussed by the school board. It’s in the Leader.