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DCSD plans to provide teachers and staff raises

2015 Financial Plan and Budget cover

Budget also provides additional support to special education students

CASTLE ROCK – Last week, the Colorado Legislature wrapped up its session, passing the spending bill that finances public education in the state. The result was an increase in funding for Douglas County School District (DCSD) neighborhood schools and charter schools. 
The Colorado School Finance Act for FY 2015-2016 provides an increase of $256 per student or $13.4 million for neighborhood schools and $2.8 million for charter schools.  
The FY 2015-2016 Proposed Budget will be presented to the Board of Education on Thursday this week.  The Proposed Budget includes:

  1. 3.2% ongoing average pay increase to all employees based on their performance
  2. $2.2 million for the PERA increase – the District will again absorb that increase 
  3. $2 million for special education associated with special education student growth
  4. $500,000 towards the ongoing computer refresh of student computers
  5. Absorbing all employer and employee increases in medical benefits 

“For the fourth year in a row, the District has been able to provide ongoing pay and benefit increases to our employees in addition to the $50 per student increase in SBB provided to our schools this spring,” explained DCSD Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz.

The budget will be presented to the Board of Education on Thursday night. It is expected to be adopted at the June 16, 2015 Board Meeting.


May 13, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education, District, Financial Services

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