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Teachers get retroactive raise

Mary Thompson

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District adopted its budget for the 1999/2000 fiscal year at the June 22 School Board meeting.

Included in the budget is a 4 percent retroactive salary increase to district employees other than the teachers for the 1998/1999 year. The total cost to the district for the salary increase is $1,343,300.

“We’ve settled with everyone but the teachers for a 4 percent raise last year,” said Joe White, LTUSD chief financial officer. “But the (cost to the district) still includes the teachers in that 4 percent raise.”

Other 1999/2000 budget items include:

– Estimated revenue of about $100,000 may be lost due to projected reductions in cost of living allowances imposed by the state.

– Because the state provides funding to the district based on average daily attendance rates, decreased student enrollment may cause a reduction in revenues in next year’s budget. Student enrollment in the LTUSD has declined by 46 students this year.

– The Budget Advisory Committee – a group comprised of administrators, teachers, district employees and community members – found $418,500 in budget cuts to help achieve an unrestricted, undesignated fund balance of $192,124 which could be used for future spending such as salary increases. The group banded together in January with the purpose of locating money in the budget to fund salary raises.

Because the state budget hasn’t been finalized, White said the numbers in the budget could change. State law requires the district to adjust its budget within 45 days of the state budget adoption.

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