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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 12:30 pm, Wed May 21, 2014.

The school board Tuesday unanimously approved an annual operating budget of about $182 million for the 2014-15 school year that includes a 4 percent average raise for teachers and other employees who are members of the local National Education Association union, which represents at least 1,500 of the district’s 1,800 employees.

In addition, school secretaries will receive a 10 percent raise while educational assistants will receive 8 percent raises.

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6 comments:

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:53 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Mr. Wikle is and has been involved in the circus that is the Santa Fe School Board since the very beginning, The annoyance of his colleagues, in the opinion of many, springs from his reluctance to rubber-stamp everything that passes in front of him.

    Incompetent, indeed.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:48 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    If Mr. Wikle's comments and concerns annoyed his colleagues, perhaps there should not have been a meeting that entertained questions. Or perhaps holding a decision making meeting at the last second is bad form if not incompetent.

    Mr. Wikle is and has been involved in the circus that is the SFSB since the

     
  • Colleen Harper posted at 12:26 pm on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    MsColleen Posts: 23

    Mr. Wikle should bring up his ideas and concerns much earlier in the process. Waiting until the last second is, at the least, bad form if not incompetent.

    Let us all encourage him to continue asking questions, but urge him to be involved from the beginning of discussions.

     
  • Stephen Hauf posted at 8:23 am on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    stevehf Posts: 21

    A point of clarification here- not all of the 1500 members of the collective bargaining unit are members of NEA. Though NEA acts as the collective bargaining agent, it is supported by voluntary dues paying members. As a matter of conscience I am an
    NEA member because they negotiate on my behalf my wages and working conditions.

    An aspect of NEA that is often overlooked in the media is the craft and professionalism it promotes among its members which is something that goes back to its founding roots. The magazine NEA Today I receive is full of great teaching ideas.

     
  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:41 am on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    "His (Wikle) comments clearly annoyed his colleagues on the board."

    Isn't the purpose of serving on any board or committee to raise questions and concerns? The SFSB exists to make decisions on behalf of our schools, kids, parents, and teachers. I, for one, am glad that someone is asking questions, even if only playing the proverbial "devil's advocate."

    Mr. Wikle, keep asking questions.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:03 am on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    No surprises? This budget approval is nothing to gloat about. Dr. Boyd's overall performance in running our school district is definitely not all "hunky dorky" like some people perceive it is. Wikle might have some legit concerns after-all.[whistling]

     

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