CCSD board to receive preliminary budget

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The Clark County School District Board of Trustees will study a preliminary budget Wednesday for the 2019-2020 school year. The budget does not include long-anticipated raises for teachers.

The preliminary budget includes a $12-million cut from the general operating fund. That’s due in part to an increase in the rate for the public employee’s retirement system, which CCSD puts money into. The district said that rate increase would require all employee salaries to be cut by a combined $8.8-million.  The other $3.3-million reduction is related to the Police Officers Association and retroactive payroll payments.

The tentative budget does not have funding for professional growth plans or cost of living increases for employees. CCSD Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara, said he wants to change that, but had no choice.

“Law requires that I present (the board) with a balanced budget,” Jara said last week. “Salary increases would require either new funding or cuts to exisiting services that deserve serious public discussion.”

Jara said the district is working with Governor Sisolak’s office to develop options that would lead to pay hikes for teachers and other staff.

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