CLINTON — In a special session Thursday afternoon, the Clinton School Board approved a budget amendment that’s necessary as the district winds down its fiscal year and approved salary hikes for administrators and directors as well as pay rate increases for 25 other district employees.

According to district chief financial officer Gayle Isaac, the budget amendment is necessary because of changes in estimates of expenditures financed from increased receipts and balances not budgeted or considered in the current budget. Federal stimulus money soon to be received is part of the reason the amendment is necessary, he said; the district has to amend the budget in order to spend the money.

He also said school district budgets are formulated anywhere from 15 to 18 months out and as spending priorities change while the year unfolds, it is necessary to reflect those changes in the budget document toward the end of the fiscal year.

“We are not raising taxes, just reallocating expenditures,” he told the board.

The board also entered a closed session to discuss the employment conditions of employees who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

After that session, the board unanimously approved a 4.28 percent total package increase for administrators and directors for the 2009-2010 school year.

These 18 positions cover school principals, assistant principals, the plant services director, transportation director, chief financial officer, CHS activities director, curriculum director, human resources director and food services director.

Combined, those positions were paid $1,595,937 during fiscal year 2008-2009. The approved increase will bring that total amount to $1,650,482 for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

The board also unanimously approved a total package increase for 25 district employees, not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, for the 2009-2010 school year. These employees will see a total package increase of anywhere from 3.5 to 3.87 percent, depending on the position. This list includes such staff positions as administrative secretaries, an athletic trainer, IT technician, payroll clerks, sign language interpreters, facilitators, printing and business office workers, crossing guards and computer office staff members. Substitute teacher and long-term substitute teacher positions also are covered as part of the agreement.

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