Brownwood school trustees have agreed on a timetable for 2007-2008 budget discussions leading to adoption of a tax rate and budget by the last week of August.
Dr. Sue Jones, superintendent, outlined plans at this month’s board meeting that would provide an approximate 4 percent salary increase for school district employees.
“This would cost the district approximately $350,000, and we believe that’s affordable within this budget,” Jones told the board. “We’ve reduced the overall number of positions to pay for salary increases.”
Jones said the plan would put teachers at $2,000 a year above state base at a minimum, and raise top teachers to $5,130 above base.
Paraprofessional employees would receive a 2.5 percent increase plus one step on the pay scale, a total of about a 4 percent average. Exact percentage totals will vary depending on individual situations.
Trustees agreed to the timetable that calls for an Aug. 6 budget workshop at which a tax rate for its required public notice will be determined. Additional input on the budget could be offered at the scheduled Aug. 13 board meeting. On Aug. 29, a called meeting would see the board adopting the budget and tax rate, and making final amendments to the 2006-2007 budget before the new year begins Sept. 1.
In other business Monday night, the board:
Considered a list of changes in the Student Code of Conduct for the coming school year, but delayed approving them until a future meeting. Received a report from Technology Director Edward Yantis on the status of the district’s system.
Yantis said the district offers students and teachers many features that “other districts would scream for” but still has room for improvements. He and the superintendent emphasized that the district continues to focus on supporting the overall goals of student education, and not merely technology for its own sake, as it continues to enhance its system.