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1/9/2013 8:33:00 AM
Another year likely with no salary raises in sight for teachers

Sue Tone

A projected 100-student drop in enrollment, possible increase in health insurance, fewer longtime teachers, and questions about whether the rates for the Arizona State Retirement System will go up, down or remain the same plague the Humboldt Unified School District.

HUSD Financial Director Cynthia Windham reported the dismal news to district representatives at the Dec. 4 Meet and Confer meeting during the financial update. Arizona voters' defeat in November of Prop 204, the Quality Education and Jobs Act, that ends the 1 percent sales tax voters approved in 2010, means the district won't see $3.3 million-3.5 million it would have received this coming budget year, Windham said.

The 100-day enrollment count that determines how much money the state allots to HUSD won't be known until Jan. 18, but she estimates the district will be down about 100 students.

"We're not there now, but the progression indicates it will be 100 students," she said. A 100-student decline equals about $400,000 loss in revenue.

Other financial information is unknown at this time. The district won't know for sure about increases in health insurance until February. March 31 is the notification date by the state for the district's rating on the Teacher Experience Index. This measures the years of experience for all fulltime teachers, and compares each district to the state average. Districts with a higher TEI number receive more money. As more experienced teachers retire or leave the district, HUSD's TEI number has gone down.

"It's a fairly key piece," Windham said. "We've lost about $200,000 a year over the last several years."

The Arizona State Retirement System rates could go up, they could go down, or they could stay the same, she said. "I'm betting on the fact they go up."

"What's happening at Humboldt is happening all over the state," said Dan Streeter, HUSD Human Resources director.

About the only good news for teachers was the first disbursement of Prop 301 money on Dec. 14. The first of two amounts was $1,150, about the same as December 2011's payment of $1,235. Teachers will get the second, as yet unknown, amount in May.

The Arizona Auditor General's Performance Audit shows how lean the district is operating in 2010, the year of the audit, Streeter said.

The report stated that Humboldt "operated efficiently with per-pupil costs that were lower than or similar to peer districts' costs in all operational areas. The District's administration and plant operations costs were much lower than its peer districts averaged. Further, although the District's per-pupil costs for food service and transportation were similar to peer districts, Humboldt USD operated these programs efficiently with lower costs per meal and lower costs per mile and per rider than peer districts.

"Operating efficiently allowed the District to spend more of its available resources for instructional purposes, which was especially important for Humboldt USD because the District's fiscal year 2010 per-pupil operational spending of $6,432 was $664 less per pupil than its peer districts' and one of the lowest per-pupil spending amounts in the State. Humboldt USD had less money available primarily because it did not receive additional funding through voter-approved budget overrides to increase its budget and chose to budget less of its capital monies for operational purposes."

The last raise teachers received was in the 2007-2008 school year, Streeter said.

"There's no more excess money. There are no more rocks to look under," he said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: To Cory Saz

Teachers have to go to school in the summer, which they have to pay for out of their own pocket. Other companies pay to have their people go back to work.

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Wages In Humboldt School District Stink!

I worked in this district in the cafeteria as a cook @ $8hr (a higher paid position I might add).
They would keep their employees under full time so they did not have to pay benefits.
I was 15 minutes away from full time so I could collect my measly paycheck without medical & dental.

I personally know subs for the cafeteria who have worked for the district for over 20 years and still only make minimum wage. But they know how to perform every task in the kitchen so they should be paid more for their experience.

This is honestly one of the most underpaid areas of the district that there is. And it is one of the hardest and most physically demanding jobs for very little pay.

I would come home with burns on my hands & forearms weekly which have since scarred.
The pans full of food weigh in excess of 20+lbs when full of food and the HUGE mixer bowls full of food required 2 people to lift and pour.
Maybe if the "HIGHER MANAGEMENT" had to work in each position for at least 2 weeks the pay would be much better because they would see the hard work that is required to prepare 2 meals each day. Wash and clean all dishes along with stocking, inventory and sweep & mop, etc.
Thankfully I found a job making quite a lot more money with benefits.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Cory Saz

Welcome to the club, I (and many others) haven't gotten raises in years. But teachers are lucky as they only work a part time job, they can go out and get additional work during the summer months. I don't have that luxury, or a benefit package that teachers enjoy.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Same Old Stuff

No raises again whats new. We are making less than 6 years ago because of no dental and more taxes. Other districts gave raises last year. Thank Humboldt,.

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