Re-1 board approves $56.5 million budget |

Re-1 board approves $56.5 million budget

CARBONDALE — The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board, meeting at Roaring Fork High School Wednesday, OK’d a $56.5 million budget for the 2013-14 year.

The budget includes an average 3 percent pay raise for teachers and staff, which will come from an increase in the state of Colorado’s per-pupil funding for Re-1 schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

That amount will increase from $6,700 per pupil last year to $6,880 for 2013-14, according to Re-1’s assistant superintendent of finance, Shannon Pelland.

The budget reflects a 10.6 percent increase over the $51.1 million budget for the current budget year, which ends June 30.

This is the second straight year that district teachers have seen raises, which are based on the length of time they have been with Re-1. All district employees were under a wage freeze for three years from 2009 through 2011, when school districts across Colorado experienced deep cuts in funding from the state.

In addition to an increase in the per-pupil rate, Re-1 also is slated to see additional revenue next year based on an enrollment increase of about 90 students across the district last year. Much of that increase was at Glenwood Springs Elementary and Middle schools.

The proposed budget reflects an increase for instruction from a budgeted amount of $29.9 million this year to $30.6 million next year.

District administration costs will increase from $736,000 this year to $874,300 under the new budget. That’s partly due to the creation of a new position of director of curriculum, assessment and instruction, and the decision to fill the assistant superintendent/chief academic officer position.

Carbondale Middle School Principal Rick Holt is leaving to take the new job as curriculum director, and Rob Stein will begin as the new assistant superintendent later this month. That position had been vacant this past year.

Stein, a former principal at Manual High School in Denver and a teacher at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale in the 1980s, originally was chosen to the be the head superintendent last year at this time. He had to resign unexpectedly because of a family emergency.

Superintendent Diana Sirko originally was hired last summer as interim superintendent, before entering a two-year contract earlier this year to continue as superintendent.

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