LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District unanimously approved its final 2019-2020 budget on Monday night. The good news is that it is a balanced budget, which means there’s no deficit.
However, it doesn’t include an employee raise, which was promised by Governor Steve Sisolak, D-Nev., in January.
Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara said, cutting any more resources to find the money for the teacher raises would be detrimental to the district.
“We’ve cut $120 million in the last two years. What else can we cut,” Jara asked? “There’s no fat. There’s no extra resources that are laying around. We really have been good stewards.”
School officials say they are about $120 million short of being able to pay for a 3 percent raise for educators as well as a 2 percent step increase and other initiatives Governor Sisolak promised in January.
“Without that salary increase, without that increase in it to encourage other people in the United States to come here to teach, we’re never going to improve,” said Marie Neisses, an elementary school teacher.
Superintendent Jara says he will be in Carson City on Tuesday to have conversations with leadership and to try and find a solution.