The Parkland School District administrators recognize that these are very difficult budget times. They understand the challenges that the leadership team, the school board and administration, have been facing in working to balance the budget while at the same time maintaining high quality educational programs for students.
As the board moved toward the proposed budget process in May, the new dollars that had been tentatively placed into the 2011-12 budget for administrative raises have been removed. This step produced a balanced budget.
At this evening’s board meeting, the school board and administration in a shared approach to fiscal responsibility, announced that the administrators, Act 93 and Central Office, will not receive a pay increase for 2011-12.
The teachers’ contract expires in 2012 and the support contract is due to expire in 2013. The teachers’ association anticipates a very large number of retirements in 2012 and has stated publicly that it will focus on a pay freeze for the 2012-13 year, the first year of a new contract. The support association has not had any public commentary on this topic.
We appreciate the willingness of our administrators to be team players in these challenging economic times.