One man's pay increase is another man's budget cut, according to Danville Superintendent Bob Rowland.
In his proposed biennial budget, unveiled Tuesday, Gov. Ernie Fletcher calls for a 1.5 per cent pay increase for public school teachers in fiscal 2005 and a 3 percent increase in fiscal 2006. The governor wants local school districts to pay the 1.5 percent pay hike and the state to cover the 3 percent increase.
"The 1.5 percent is called an increase but it effectively is a cut, not to mention another unfunded mandate from the state," Rowland said today. "It's a cut because we'll have to dig into our contingency fund to pay for it, which is the same action we've been taking to cover the other cuts we've faced, like the recent $6,000 cut we received for our Family Resource Center, preschool and Extended Student Services programs."
While the 1.5 percent increase in Fletcher's budget applies to school teachers only, both the Danville and Boyle County school districts give their classified personnel the same pay increase as teachers and other district personnel. Thus, the 1.5 percent increase will cost the Danville district about $150,000 and the Boyle district more than $200,000.