Clark County School District has a tentative budget for the 2019 – 2020 school year and teacher and other staff pay raises are not a part of it.
The lengthy tentative budget shows $12 million will be cut from the general operating fund, when it comes to staff compensation. And there are a few reasons why.
The rate for the Public Employee’s Retirement System — known as PERS — is increasing.
CCSD pays money into PERS to help teachers and other staff when they retire. The district says because the rate is going up all employee salaries will be cut by $8.8 million.
The other $3.3 million reduction is related to the police officers association and 2018 retroactive payroll payments.
The tentative budget does not contain funding for professional growth plans or cost of living increases for any employees.
CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara says as much as they want this to change, right now, their hands are tied.
“Law requires that I present you with a balanced budget and salary increases would require either new funding or cuts to existing services that deserve serious public discussion,” Dr. Jara said.
He added that the district, along with the governor’s office, is still developing and considering options to give teachers and staff salary increases.
The tentative budget will be presented at a board work session Wednesday. Dr. Jara says the final budget must be approved by the end of May.