CCSD employees react to budget that doesn’t include a pay raise

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Some CCSD employees are feeling frustrated after learning a promise to increase their pay is not being kept.

“We are all disappointed,” said Anna Slighting, teacher.

She is a Spanish teacher at CCSD’s Nevada Learning Academy. She says with the rising cost of living, she needs a pay raise.

“My salary has not been able to keep up with those increases, so my own personal family budget is having to make cuts.”

But the Governor Steve Sisolak’s promised 3 percent salary increase for CCSD employees is not part of the district’s budget — at least for now.

Slighting says she proctors exams on weekends and teaches summer school just to make ends meet.

“I have four kids, I would much rather be spending time with them.”

CCSD presented its tentative budget for the 2019 – 2020 school year Wednesday at a board work session. The district’s Chief Financial Officer Jason Goudie tells 8 News Now that the school district has $2.4 billion in its general operating fund.

Goudie projects CCSD will get an additional $55 million for the 2019 – 2020 school year but, he said, that needs to be used for essential items, like special education and new schools.

“There are a number of items that we’re incurring that essentially utilize that $55 million, before we have the ability to layer on additional costs for benefits or for pay,” he said.

Budget documents also show $12 million is being cut from the general fund, when it comes to compensation.

Advocates say they are not blaming the school district.

“The money needs to come down from the state, and they’ve been asking our educators to do so many things and asking our students to do so many things, but there’s no funding there to help,” said Julie Vigil, coalition member, Fund Our Future Nevada.

In a statement to 8 News Now, Governor Sisolak said, in part:

“This remains a top priority for me, and I will continue to work with school districts and legislative leadership to ensure this three percent raise gets to our educators.”

This is a tentative budget so there is still some time for things to potentially change. The final budget must be approved by the board of trustees in May and CCSD needs to send that final budget to the state in June.

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