KUSD Board OKs budget

Roger Jacks

Roger Jacks

KINGMAN – The Kingman Unified School District Governing Board signed off on a fiscal year 2018 budget at their July meeting Tuesday evening.

KUSD has more than $52 million to work with for the 2017-18 school year and part of that budget involves teacher salary increases.

Approximately $161,000 of the 2018 budget will go toward a state mandated 1.06 percent teacher salary increase. The increase will be paid as a yearly stipend based on an eligible teacher’s normal salary and other instructional stipends such coaching and tutoring.

“This won’t be built into their base salaries moving forward,” said Ahron Sherman, KUSD Finance Manager.

For example, a teacher who made $30,000 last year in Arizona would get a $318 stipend, according to Sherman. The increase is just for teachers, and 349 are currently eligible for the increase.

“We are totally committed to giving the 1.06 to the teachers,” said KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks. “It does help because were trying to get more money to the teachers. We have a limited ability to get more money to the teachers.”

KUSD schools start July 26.