Schools’ budget could get 6.5 percent boost

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor

Clovis Municipal Schools’ budget for the 2007-2008 school year is expected to top $50 million, a 6.5 percent increase from last year.

School board members OK’d the introduction of the $51.3 million budget at Tuesday’s meeting. They will vote on its final approval May 22.

Salaries account for the majority of expenditures, with teachers and instructional staff required by legislative statute to receive an average 5 percent salary increase effective July 1.

Principals and assistant principals are expected to see an additional 2 percent average salary increase as are licensed instructional support providers whose annual full-time salary is below $60,000.

Salaries must meet state mandates that include a minimum of $60,000 for an elementary school principal, $70,000 for a middle school principal and $80,000 for a high school principal.

The salary minimum for level three teachers is $50,000. The district had about 103 level three teachers earning less than $50,000 in 2006-07.

Other issues addressed by the budget include increases for medical insurance of 7.8 percent, property, liability and workers comprehensive insurance premiums of 3.7 percent and utility costs of $155,000.

The 2006-07 budget is $48.15 million.

In other business:

The board approved purchase of a financial and student integrated software system expected to cost more than a half-million dollars. The exact amount of the Skyward software system will depend on the training required.

The board awarded a contract to Vicki Windham Photography for senior yearbook photos at $7 per student.

Applications were approved for state bilingual multicultural education, Title III English language acquisition and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act funding.