The legislature is still working on the current budget for 2020. There are quite a few things that still must happen for the final budget to released. The House has passed a teacher pay raise, but the question is how much revenue will come with it? It is always important to remember that if this all flows through the formula, it will be more dependent on the number of WADM that you have in your school than on the number of teachers in district.
As with last year's pay raise, it is important to remember that burdens will be a requirement for the salary increase. If it’s a $1,200 increase, it will be vital to calculate the benefits that go along with the pay raise. One area that we often forget is the retirement and tax match that goes along with any increase in pay, especially if we are looking at employees in the federal programs. Now would be a good time to look at the net effect on the budget if the pay raise does pass the legislature.
If you’re spending any of your summer time to learn and develop new skills, I have some excellent news for you! We have a new free course available courtesy of Odysseyware. I had the pleasure of being part of the Odysseyware Advisory Council this past year. It was a great experience, and I was so happy to be able to share feedback from our member schools with their team.
How will you have some of those tough conversations? How will they sound?
It’s the end of tornado season, and hopefully, everyone made it through safe and sound. As architects, we always encourage schools to review their emergency plans every year because as spring rolls around, we can count on receiving numerous calls concerning tornado safety.