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School board members approve stipend cut

Posted: August 22, 2013 - 11:50pm  |  Updated: August 25, 2013 - 12:09am

The Board of Education approved a 10 percent decrease to its members’ stipends at its Thursday meeting.

The board voted unanimously to decrease monthly pay from $375 to $337.50 for the board president, and from $300 to $270 for all other members.

“It makes me proud to be part of a group willing to step up and take some of their cuts themselves,” President Sally Saddler said at the meeting.

The pay cuts are retroactive to July 1, 2013. Members will start seeing the decrease in their September paychecks, Director of Administration David Means said. The reduction will save the district $3,384.

Means also presented to the board the preliminary list of projects for the newest six-year capital improvement plan. The proposed plan’s big-ticket item is a renovation of the Marie Drake Options Building, carrying a more than $16 million price tag. Other projects include improvements to Mendenhall River Community School and upgrades in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Projects can still be added to the list, district Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett said. The board will vote on the list of projects at its next meeting. Then, the Alaska Department of Education would have to approve the projects before they could be voted on by the community, Bartlett said. The major renovations at Auke Bay Elementary School and Gastineau Community School began as items on a CIP list, Bartlett explained.

The board also reviewed a policy change recommended by the district that would bar middle school teams from traveling for sporting events. The change will be voted upon at the next board meeting at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 10 in the JDHS library.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com.

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