Superintendent Proposes Staff Pay Raises

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Superintendent Doctor Scott Kizner proposed a two percent pay increase in the budget for fiscal year 2014 to the Harrisonburg school board.

In Fiscal Year 2013, the city schools' budget totaled over $58 million. For 2014, Kizner proposed a budget nearly $59.5 million.

If his proposed budget is approved by the school board, he will ask the city council for $870,000 extra.

He said the extra money comes from deep federal cuts and an increase in health insurance.

In addition, he said he wants to invest in technology, the fine arts academy and the dual immersion program.

Moreover, he wants to give staff a two percent raise that will cost $800,000 dollars and the state has only helped with $250,000.

"Investing in our people is the best thing to do. We can to attract the best people, we want to retain the best teachers because it's really not the superintendent, not the school board who will make the difference will be the people in front of the children," said Kizner.

He said he wants to eliminate some positions of people who retire or leave the school system.

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