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But it’s not all bad news. The district also hopes to spend more than $3 million paying for three days of additional training for teachers. They’re also proposing a fourth day, but that training day would replace a current classroom day.
Why add training days now?
"With the enhanced use of technology, with the enhanced accountability as required by the Legislature, in addition to requiring teachers to improve academic outcomes, we are lacking sorely in professional development," Horsley said.
Granite teachers haven’t had paid training since lawmakers cut such days out of the state’s budget during the downturn.
The Granite board will likely approve a budget at its public meeting on Tuesday. The board will also have to hold a truth-in-taxation public hearing in August.
Canyons » Canyons District’s $358 million budget is full of mainly good news for the 33,700-student district next school year.
In addition to funding regularly scheduled teacher raises, known as steps and lanes, the district is also giving varying cost-of-living increases to all its employees. The district also plans to pay teachers for an additional two days of training and report card preparation.
It’s a slightly smaller budget than this past school year’s $367 million plan, but that’s mainly because of lower spending on building projects and savings on debt service payments, said Jennifer Toomer-Cook, district spokeswoman.
The budget includes about $7.5 million for small building projects.
And it includes dollars to add ninth-grade athletics, three secondary achievement coaches (educators who help teachers improve achievement) and two full-time employees to expand preschool and all-day kindergarten at Midvalley Elementary, among other things.
Canyons is not proposing any property tax increases. The district board approved its budget at its Tuesday meeting.
Jordan » Taxes should also remain steady in the 52,800-student Jordan District.
The district, which approved a $430 million budget Tuesday, plans to give all employees cost-of-living salary increases for the next two school years.
For the upcoming school year, the increase will be 1.25 percent.
The district also plans to reduce its counselor-to-student ratio at its middle and high schools to the state-recommended level of one counselor for every 350 students.
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