Castaic school board approves raise for teachers Thursday

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Castaic school board approves raise for teachers Thursday

"I am pleased we are not looking at significant shortfalls again but we are always cautious one year to the next", said secretary treasurer Nicola Christ.

Transportation costs for special education students increases in the budget, but the district is hoping to cut the costs for transporting other students. For the owner of a house assessed at the township average of $508,118, the school district property tax bill will increase by $191.

As he went through numerous budget details Robinson showed that the district expects to save money on its debt service, utilities, fuel for buses, workers' compensation claims, unemployment claims, benefits, and with special education costs for parentally placed students.

"What's on the agenda is a 3 percent raise across the board and a 1 percent bonus this year (for teachers)", said Laura Pearson, board president for the Castaic Union School District, before the board's regular meeting Thursday, when the raise was approved.

The proposed budget's tax levy increase dropped from 10.11 percent in the preliminary budget released last month due to increased foundation aid from the state, health insurance savings and refunds and reduced energy expenses.

Nichols said she has to determine if Somora's requests for information fit into the agenda.

He said the feedback from parents focused on how to improve scheduling, \ and the possibility of one, in-person conference at the beginning of the year and electronic conferences the rest of the year.

As expected, though, elementary school enrollment is decreasing, he said. He had previously been serving as principal at Central High School in Fresno. "I may be outspoken, but I am always respectful", said school board member Doris Hohensee. Board member Carolyn Oppenheimer said the district wouldn't be impacted by the bill because Grove City is a high-performing district.

"We're in a tight year, there's no question about it", Gallagher said, "but the trajectory looks promising".

Hohensee said that attempts to intimidate her and block her from doing her elected duties as a board member are unacceptable.

"We asked ourselves, how do we tap into our staff to see and hear their new ideas", he said. The district's remaining elementary schools - Broad Street (grades 1-5), Northside (grades 1-5), Shepherdstown (grades 1-2) and Upper Allen (grades 3-5) - will each accommodate grades 1-3 for the 2018-19 school year.

Vicky Carter Johnson tells First News via telephone that she voted for Samuel Estrada because she was impressed with his background in ministry and Estrada would bring more diversity to the board she said.

Spokesman Doug Strachan said the district received in the neighbourhood of $700 million in operating funding from the province past year.

Jeff Flettre gave an update on the high school construction.

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