DUSD board tables performance pay plan

The Douglas School Board agreed to table its 301 performance pay plan for 2018-19 at its regular monthly board meeting June 5.

In accordance with state law, the DUSD’s 301 Performance Pay Plan is a 12 part plan for each eligible member to follow at each individual school site. The plan is intended to meet the 40 percent allocation of the funding.

There was some verbiage in the plan that DUSD board member Ray Borane had some concerns about mainly the exclusion of non-eligible employees that are substitute teachers, administrators, TOSAS (teachers on special assignment), nurses, classified personnel, counselors without teacher certification and librarians without teacher certification.

Richard Acosta spoke on behalf of the local 301 committee. He said it’s going to be difficult to go back and poll the eligible teachers and see how they feel about adding the non-eligible employees since many of them do not check their emails during the summer. He added that he would have to wait until they return back to school in August and then bring their response back to the board at the August meeting.

In the agenda item prior to this item being discussed the board approved its definition of a teacher. In the end they agreed to go with the Attorney General’s opinion that a teacher is not limited to traditional classroom teachers and that school districts and charter schools may use such funds for compensation increases for certified or certificated teachers and others employed to provide instruction to students related to the school’s educational mission.

New additional monies, approved by the legislature, will be spent with nine percent being used to teacher increases and one percent to adjust the salary schedules.

With his retirement set to begin at the end of the month, the board agreed to pay Superintendent Ron Aguallo $28,076.96 with $5,000 coming for his performance pay goals which was part of his contract; $1,442.31 for unused sick leave and $21,634.65 for unused vacation.

The board also granted Joe Carlson teacher Earl McLain as well as School Improvement Specialist Angelica Chavez their release of contract without any liquidated damages. Both are eligible for rehire.

In other action at the meeting, the board approved the hiring of 16 certified hires and seven classified hires. Several addendums were also approved mainly for staff with the Peak Performance Summer Training that is taking place in June and July. Six employees were transferred to new positions within the district and 17 DUSD employees were awarded an increase in hours.

Leslie Pollard, Hunter Long, Jose Ballesteros and Juna Medina were all approved as volunteers.

Charles Chambers and six other classified employees all had their resignations granted.

The board accepted the new district logo and tabled a decision with T-Mobile for a light pole lease that would have paid DUSD $1,500 a month.

A multi-year contract for audit services with Heinfield and Meech for fiscal year 2018-19 was also approved as was a memorandum of understanding with PSA Art Awakenings, the Cochise County Library District and the UofA Cooperative Extension office as well as the UofA Nutrition Network Partnership.

The second reading of IKC Class rankings and Grade Point Averages was also approved.

DUSD Business Manager Cesar Soto reported the DUSD is in good shape financially and Ana Samaniego reported the final enrollment figures for this school year were 4,103  students which exceeded their goal of 4,000.

A special board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18 at which time the proposed district annual expenditure budget for 2018/19 will be presented.

The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, July 3 at 5 p.m.at which time a public hearing on the proposed budget adoption will take place.

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