Natomas District To Cut Programs, Give Raises

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The Natomas Unified school board this week will vote to cut all elementary school P.E. and art classes at the same meeting it’s set to approve pay raises for district management.

The school board is scheduled to meet 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the Inderkum High School theater, 2500 New Market Drive. Open session starts at 7 p.m.

On the agenda: a number of personnel decisions that will eliminate the equivalent of 26.6 teaching jobs and increase management salaries anywhere from $33 to $10,931, depending on the position.

Natomas Unified board members are being asked to OK retooled salary schedules as part of the school district’s new management structure approved last month. The changes stem from one of three reports the district commissioned from School Services of California.

The Natomas district’s proposed salary schedules will go into effect July 1, pending approval by the Sacramento County Office of Education. The fiscal impact of the new salaries is approximately $121,083, according to calculations published by the district.

Also on the agenda is elimination of about two dozen teaching jobs for the 2012-13 school year.

On the chopping block: seven full-time physical education and three full-time visual and performing arts positions which account for all elementary school P.E. and arts classes in the district. More than 10 middle and high school P.E., arts, vocational and other teaching jobs are also slated to be cut.

Natomas district officials in December pledged no teacher layoffs for the 2012-13 school year “to save money.”

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