Modesto City Schools board to take up budget, raises

naustin@modbee.comJune 15, 2014 

Modesto City Schools board members will tackle a meaty agenda Monday, including an entirely new system of laying out spending priorities and the 2014-15 budget that follows that plan.

They also will be asked to raise their own pay and approve new contracts with higher salaries for district Superintendent Pam Able, whose pay would rise to $235,866 a year, and three associate superintendents, whose pay would rise the 6 percent granted teachers over two years, to $157,612 each.

A protest by Fairview School parents about the phased closing of the Dual Language Academy at their campus is scheduled as well. The half-day English, half-day Spanish classes will continue at Bret Harte School and expand to include kindergarten.

Busing will be offered to Fairview children taking part in the program, said Associate Superintendent Ginger Johnson. The two-site academy proved unwieldy for teacher collaboration and for filling rooms once students moved on to the larger fourth-grade classes this year, she said. Fairview’s enormous enrollment, necessitating eight lunch schedules, also figured in the move, Johnson said.

Jorge Perez, director of parent and community involvement, will present an overview of activities completed during the 2013-14 school year.

The board will consider renewing a $452,500 contract with the Modesto Police Department to provide four school resource officers, and a two-year, $224,603 contract with the Stanislaus County Probation Department for an officer to be stationed at Elliott Alternative High School.

The Modesto City Schools board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the district staff development center, 425 Locust St. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/MCSmeetings. See past meeting videos at https://sites.google.com/a/monet.k12.ca.us/mcs-board-video-archive. 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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