Submitted by Denair Unified School District:
Employees are the biggest winners in the $15.3 million budget for 2019-20 approved unanimously Thursday night by the Denair Unified School District board.
As expected, the spending plan includes salary restoration for teachers, administrators and other staff, all of whom took substantial pay cuts six years ago when the district faced financial crisis.
“The trustees were thrilled to see this happen,” Superintendent Terry Metzger said Friday. “This has been their priority.”
Restoration was achieved via a number of factors that either reduced expenses or increased revenue.
One of the key moments came this spring when Gov. Gavin Newsom chose to contribute more to the State Teachers Retirement System, or STRS. That decision will save Denair $87,500 in the next budget year, Chief Business Officer Linda Covello told trustees last week. That money will be devoted to salary restoration.
So will an estimated $110,000 saved through a dramatic reduction in out-of-town travel, lodging, meals and other costs associated with teacher and staff training in 2019-20. Instead, Covello explained, the professional development focus next year will be on training done internally or on campus. That decision was reached after positive discussions between staff and administrators.
Finally, the district expects to increase revenue from the state by about $60,000 based on having improved attendance rates at all its campuses this year.
In other action, trustees: