Re-1 teachers to see average 3 percent raises |

Re-1 teachers to see average 3 percent raises

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Roaring Fork Re-1 school board on Wednesday approved a salary agreement with district teachers and staff that will result in an average 3 percent pay increase for the coming year.

It’s the second straight year the district has been able to award raises, based on the length of time an employee has been with Re-1, said Shannon Pelland, assistant superintendent of finance for the district.

District employees were under a wage freeze for three years from 2009 through 2011, when Re-1 and other school districts in the state experienced deep cuts in funding from the state of Colorado.

“The actual wage increase for individual teachers and staff will vary, because employees whose pay was frozen the longest will see the bigger increase,” Pelland said.

The wage increase will come at a cost of about $1 million, which will be covered by an increase in the state’s per-pupil funding to the district.

Per-pupil funding for Re-1 will increase to $6,880 for 2013-14, under the school finance bill recently approved by the state legislature. That’s up from $6,700 this year.

The Re-1 board also got its first detailed look Wednesday at a proposed $56.5 million general fund budget for the coming year. That amount is up from this year’s $51.1 million budget, for a proposed increase of about 10.6 percent.

Part of the projected revenue increase for the district is related to an increase in enrollment of about 90 students this school year, which will be reflected in next year’s per-pupil funding, Pelland said.

A large percentage of that enrollment increase was at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, which saw an increase of 43 students this year.

The proposed budget reflects an increase for instruction from a budgeted amount of $29.9 million this year to $30.6 million next year. District administration costs are proposed to increase from $736,000 this year to $874,300, while school administration would increase from $3.5 million to approximately $3.6 million.

The school board will continue its review of the 2013-14 budget at its May 22 meeting, and will likely consider final approval on June 5, Pelland said.

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