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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012 12:31 pm | Updated: 12:35 pm, Sat Apr 14, 2012.

Employees of the Kyrene School District got two pieces of good news at Tuesday night’s governing board meeting.

Kyrene CFO Jeremy Calles announced that the district is looking at giving all contracted employees a 2 percent raise to their base pay for the 2012-13 school year.

It was said that this would be the first base pay raise Kyrene employees have seen since the 2008-09 school year.

It will cost the district approximately $1.5 million, with $924,000 coming from the increase in certified teacher salaries, $320,000 in education support professionals, and $86,000 in administration salary increases. The remainder will come from an increase in benefits.

“Two percent isn’t a lot, but it will mean something to everybody,” Mark Knight, executive director of human resources, said.

The other good news came to all special area teachers in the Kyrene School District. After revamping the way these areas, art, library, physical education and music were implemented for this school year, administrators at the district decided to ease their responsibilities by recommending reducing the number of sections each teacher is responsible for.

The governing board voted 4-0 to reduce the amount of sections from 31 to 29.

The changes led to challenges for some special area teachers, some of whom had to split their time between two campuses, with a reduced amount of planning time.

“There is a lack of sufficient planning time,” said Kyrene music teacher Brenda Mulkey. “We had extra duty ... and we didn’t get pay for traveling to other sites.”

Changes for next year should ease traveling and “home campus” complications some teachers experienced this year.

It will cost the district an estimated $112,000.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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