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9:36 AM Sat, Sept. 22nd

HUSD to revisit Prop. 301 issue tonight<BR>

PRESCOTT VALLEY – To make sure that last week's decisions to remove the Proposition 301 money from teachers' base salary and to freeze teachers' salaries for the next year are within legal guidelines, the Humboldt Unified School District board will meet today to discuss and possibly approve them again.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Bradshaw Mountain High School library, 6000 E. Long Look Drive in Prescott Valley.

According to board President Craig Sorenson, since both of those items were not on the agenda of the board's meeting last week, and the board approved them, the districts' attorney has advised the board to call a special meeting to clarify its motion.

"When we acted on the freeze of salaries, it was not on our agenda," he said. "Our counselor has said 'you may just want to have a specific session to freeze those just to make sure.'"

Last year the board approved adding 20 percent of the Proposition 301 money to teachers' base salary. However, more experienced and better-educated teachers were getting a larger share because of the way the HUSD teachers' salary schedule works.

If the board again approves taking the Proposition 301 money out of the equation, all teachers will receive an equal amount of that money next year.

Last week, the board also approved offering contracts to 73 of 123 teachers who recently received reduction in force notices. After the district conducts attrition across the district, some of the 50 teachers on the layoff list may get their jobs back as well, Sorenson said.

About 25 non-teaching positions and 24 administrative and management positions are also on the proposed cut lists, Sorenson said. All of those positions face salary reductions.

The reduction of staff and salaries would save the district about $2.5 million and possibly allow it to start the next school year with a balanced budget.