Modesto City Schools to weigh administrative help and plans for facilities

naustin@modbee.comMarch 30, 2014 

The Modesto City Schools board will consider adding administrators and approving the first steps toward a new facilities master plan tonight. Board members will also vote on a basic summer school and discuss after-school programs.

A plan is up for a board vote to add administrative positions in human resources, compliance and budgeting, and redefining five existing administrative positions for 2014-15. The package of changes would cost the district just under $300,000, almost all of that from the jobs being added.

Shifting job duties, which could also mean a change in personnel, raise the salary in four cases, from 3 to 11 percent. The largest hike adds $15,357 to the top job in the Information and Technology Services department, changing that from a director II position, now held by John Scott, to senior director. But the overall increase is largely canceled out by dropping a budget manager to budget analyst, a 12 percent cut in pay.

The board will vote on moving forward with a long-range facilities master plan, its first since 1987. Thumbs up would authorize preparing a request for proposals for a planning consultant, whose services would likely cost $50,000 to $125,000, said Becky Meredith. She directs the district planning department, overseeing facilities financing, transportation, nutrition services and facilities use.

The plan is expected to address maintenance needs delayed during recessionary budget cuts. In addition, the report lays out priorities of energy efficiency, safety, replacing portable buildings and technology upgrades. Also listed is facilities equity, bringing older schools up to par with newer campuses.

Modesto City Schools includes 34 school sites, with more than 3 million square feet of buildings spread over 650 acres, notes an agenda report. Funding for education facilities is shifting to local responsibility, the report notes.

The board will also get reports on the district’s after-school education and safety programs and vote on summer school programs that would again provide remedial coursework for regular education students.

The Modesto City Schools Board will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the district staff development center, 425 Locust St. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/MCSmeetings. Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at naustin@modbee.com or (209) 578-2339. Follow her on Twitter @NanAustin.

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