The St. Vrain Valley School Board on Wednesday approved the budget for next school year as well as updated contracts for teachers.
District leaders approved a general fund budget of $ 499 million for the 2021-2022 school year, which includes a net increase of about $ 7.9 million more in revenue than last year.
âThe two main factors were per student income and its restoration, and the other was the decrease in federal relief funds,â said Greg Fieth, financial director for the St. Vrain Valley School District. “If we hadn’t had the federal relief fund and some of the (other) things, our fund balance would have dropped dramatically.”
The district expects a 9% increase in per student funding from the current fiscal year to the next fiscal year.
School principals also approved employee contracts on Wednesday. Teachers in the St. Vrain Valley School District will see an average salary increase of 5.75% next year after this year’s negotiations with the St. Vrain Valley Education Association.
âLast year we were very conservative about what we were trying to do because of the COVID situation,â said St. Vrain Valley Education Association president Steve Villarreal. âOver the past few years, we’ve significantly increased the base salary, which is good for newer and younger teachers. At this higher end of the pay scale, he barely kept pace with inflation. We added a few things for teachers who were veterans at the top of the salary scale. “
Negotiators also updated the language indicating when teachers can use paid time off, which, before the bill was updated by the Legislature in 2020, limited how teachers could use time. Villarreal said the district has updated the language to be consistent with current legislation.
âIt just expands the language of accumulated sick leave,â he said. âIt broadens the definition of what a family is. It can be just about anyone.
Prior to the bill, Villarreal said the language of paid leave limited teachers to using time only for blood-related immediate family.
Dan Maloit spoke at Wednesday’s meeting and asked the school board to consider refusing donations from the Colorado Education Association, saying the organization is “enlightening” parents to say that learning loss does not. had not occurred during the pandemic.
“It is not morally right that these agencies save face, protect their future electorally by forcing districts and district leaders to move forward and implement directives that they do not themselves make. publicly promoting. They call it guidelines instead of laws (because) it was not passed by the legislature, âhe said.
Natalie Abshier, also spoke to the board. She said at a last school board meeting that parents called for more discussions at the school on Critical Race Theory, which examines systemic racism. She encourages board leaders to oppose the teaching of theory in the school district.
“With an unchecked implementation, parents, students and public school teachers who disagree have little opportunity to opt out of this program and training,” she said. âThis is also wrong, and two wrongs do not do one good. CRT (Critical Race Theory) teaches people to see or group together based on skin color, gender, sexual orientation, or other minority groups.