Pay schedule adjustment rejected

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While most South Routt School District employees receive pay raises every year, some of the most veteran teachers do not. With a School Board decision Thursday night, they still won't. The South Routt School Board unanimously voted against a salary schedule adjustment that would add "steps" to the pay scale to give staff with more than 30 years of experience in the district annual pay raises. The current salary schedule stops annual $700 pay raises when an employee reaches 30 years of experience.

"(The decision) was solely based on the fact that we're in a environment of declining enrollment," School Board Vice President Dawn Ford said.

The district lost 30 students from its enrollment numbers last year. With that loss, the district had to face reduced state funding.

"We know budgeting for the next several years will be very difficult," Superintendent Steve Jones said. "Actually, as long as we continue to lose enrollment, it will be very difficult. If we were in a climate where we were gaining students, we would have passed the schedule adjustment."

In other business:

n The School Board tabled a decision concerning a superintendent search process until June. Jones announced earlier that he would retire after the 2004-05 school year. He has worked in schools in Colorado and California for 38 years. The School Board directed the board president and superintendent to draft a process to receive community input on whether the search should be internal only or should include outside applicants as well. The board has some interest in naming an internal candidate so that an informal internship with the present superintendent could be conducted next year.

n The School Board accepted the resignation of Ed Hayne, effective at the end of the school year. The board asked that he be recognized for his service to the district.

n The board reviewed a sample data packet developed for each teacher during the district's Data Day. The packet included Colorado Student Assessment Program and Measure of Academic Progress results. There was a brief discussion of how teachers use data and the diagnostic usefulness of the MAP.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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