DCSD Board of Education approves more money into classrooms
CASTLE ROCK, CO – As a result of improvements in Douglas County’s economy, the Douglas County School District’s Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution tonight that approved another $4.5 million back into our classrooms in the form of salary increases and $1.5 million back to our schools.According to The Denver Post, Douglas County's tremendous growth is reflected its finances. For example, The Denver Post states that the building use tax numbers increased from $1,111,733 in 2010 to $2,682,084 in 2012 in Parker; and $1,579,283 in 2008 to $4,657,022 in 2012 in Castle Rock. This housing increase results in more families and more tax dollars flowing into the County.
The Board approved an additional average one percent ongoing raise, differentiated for performance, for all DCSD licensed staff, classified, professional/technical and administrators who were eligible to receive the Board-approved pay increases in May, 2013.
This is an additional average ongoing pay increase of one percent to the plan that was approved in May, 2013.
The text to the resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, the Douglas County Board of Education since 2009 has consistently worked toward a compensation system that pays teachers as professionals, and provides regionally-competitive pay for all classified staff, while differentiating pay based on employee performance, and
WHEREAS, after years of pay freezes for many teachers and classified staff in Douglas County and cuts to student based budget allocations, the Board of Education has made a commitment to direct any additional revenues to putting money into the classroom by improving employee compensation, and improving the allocations to school budgets, and in fact, has done so each of the last two budget cycles, and
WHEREAS, as reported in the Denver Post last week, the local economy is rebounding after years of recession, resulting in increased local property and specific ownership tax revenues. Through sound fiscal management, and this increase in local tax revenues, the District is in a position to provide an additional in $3.15 million in ongoing raises to employees, on top of the $12 million in one-time and ongoing raises approved by the Board of Education in May of 2013, and make adjustments to teachers whose salaries still remain under the market-based salary band commensurate with their position, and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the duly elected Board of Education of the Douglas County School District RE-1, exercising its sovereign and exclusive powers under Article IX, Section 15 of the Colorado Constitution to set compensation for employees, and continuing to fulfill its commitment to direct additional revenues to employee compensation and into the classroom, takes the following actions:
1. The Board of Education approves the District offering pay increases of to all licensed staff who were eligible to receive the Board-approved pay increase in May, 2013, adding an average ongoing pay increase of 1 percent to the block that was approved in May, 2013, retroactive to start of the 2013 school year and paid in the October, 2013 payroll, differentiating for the employee’s performance on the evaluation system, and
2. The Board of Education approves the District offering pay increases to all classified, professional/technical and administrators who were eligible to receive the Board-approved pay increase in May, 2013, adding an average ongoing pay increase of 1 percent to the block that was approved in May, 2013, retroactive to the start of the 2013 school year and paid in the October, 2013 payroll, differentiated for employee’s performance on the evaluation system, and
3. The Board of Education approves the District making salary adjustments to teachers who are currently paid below the pay band for their position, to ensure that all teachers are paid within the appropriate pay band, and
4. The Board of Education approves the District providing an additional $1.5 M in student based budget dollars which will be allocated to the schools that receive student based budget allocations after the October student count and reconciliation are completed,
APPROVED this 3rd day of September, 2013, unanimously.