Palm Springs school board will vote on 1 percent pay raise on Tuesday

July 22nd, 2013 | by Brett Kelman | Comments

The Palm Springs Unified school board is set to approve an across-the-board, 1 percent salary increase during a public meeting on Tuesday night.

The salary increase is expected to cost the district about $1.2 million. It will boost the salaries of certificated teachers, classified employees, certificated administrators, classified mangers and all management and confidential employees.

The pay raise is set for a vote during a 6 p.m. board meeting. Several board members have previously expressed supported for the pay raise.

The school district first announced that this pay raise were forthcoming in June, but it hasn’t been clear how large the increase would be until now. Pay increases were put back on the table this year because of the new state budget, which adds billions in education spending – and includes a plan to further increase education spending over the next eight years.

The new budget plan is meant to restore funding lost during the state budget crisis. Palm Springs Unified has faced pay freezes, program cuts and teacher layoffs over the past five years.

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