Each school district in Arizona received extra funds, which many have used to provide teacher raises. This was due to Governor Doug Ducey's 20x2020 budget initiative.
On Tuesday evening, the PUSD Board’s proposed budget included raises for not only the teachers, but classified staff and administration.
- Teachers: 11% raise
- Classified staff: 10% or higher raise
- Other staff and administration: 5% raise
- Other outstanding positions will be funded as needed
After the budget passed, the room broke into applause. Brian Moore, the Board Financial Director commented, "I’ve never heard applause at the end of a budget vote!"
"Applause for a budget, yay!" Board President John Mackin said afterwards with a grin.
- Prescott Area Young Professionals raised $25,000 at their Party in the Pines event to benefit PUSD.
- Grapes for Grades, sponsored by the Rotary, will take place on June 24 at Watters Garden Center. Grapes for Grades typically raises enough money to pay for Summer School in PUSD.
- Staffing stabilized at a little fewer than 30 teachers leaving for a variety of reasons. However, there are still 10 highly specialized positions left to fill.
- Teacher Harrison Chislock requested and received a 1 year unpaid leave of absence. He expects to teach English in Korea during this time.
There were 20 items on the consent agenda, which also passed. Dr. Hicks took the opportunity to express his appreciation to the local organizations and donors that had been so generous to the School District.