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Higley school board approves budget changes

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Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 1:58 pm

Staff in the Higley Unified School District will only have one furlough day next year after the governing board approved several budget changes Thursday night.

The board approved several cost-savings measures earlier in the year. But because of the conservative approach, board member Vanessa Whitener said, the district can put some priorities back in place.

In addition to removing one of the two furlough days, which will cost the district $189,000, the board approved reinstating a part-time office staff position at each of the K-8 schools (a cost of $108,000) and awarding certified staff a salary increase for completing education (a cost of $120,000).

Those three items were among several that were adopted last month as the district looked at cutting $4 million from next year's budget.

During that April meeting, the board had approved district recommendations that included reducing about a dozen teacher positions, two gifted staff positions, three district administrators, and nine district and school office staff positions.

Those school office staff positions are the ones that were put back Thursday night.

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