Madison School Board adopts two budgets contingent on referenda outcome – Madison.com

Support Local Journalism

Your membership makes our reporting possible.

{{featured_button_text}}

Both budgets passed on a 6-1 vote, with board member Nicki Vander Meulen voting against. She did not explain her vote during the meeting.

Both spending plans will restore some teacher raises put on hold over the summer, potentially avoiding a lawsuit because Madison Teachers Inc. claimed the move was illegal.

The board in June froze raises from a part of the district’s salary schedule that rewards staff for the length of time worked in the district, after it was assumed $7.6 million in state aid would not come through because of the pandemic-ravaged economy. The board also rejected a bump to base wages — holding wages flat for the start of the academic year.

That assumed $7.6 million shortfall hasn’t materialized because the Legislature has not yet decided whether a budget repair bill, which adjusts state spending to meet a constitutional obligation to balance the state budget, is necessary.

MTI said the board’s vote to freeze salaries in June violated teacher contracts that were already signed.

Both proposed budgets adopted Monday unfreeze the salary schedule and provide back pay, but do not provide the maximum base cost-of-living wage increase of 1.8% that MTI sought in mediation last week with the district, which would add roughly $4.7 million to the district’s tab.

Monday’s vote ended a difficult budget process. The district expected a funding gap even before the pandemic and implemented cost-saving measures, such as changes to employees’ health insurance plans and the elimination of roughly 60 vacant staff positions. The global health crisis only added to the strain by upending operations and tacking on more costs.

Related Posts

Comments

  1. 296057 388597Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? Im kinda paranoid about losing everything Ive worked hard on. Any ideas? 792834

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

21,935FansLike
2,507FollowersFollow
0SubscribersSubscribe

Recent Stories

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change – WSLS 10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed...

Georgia General Assembly begins hearings for 2022/2023 budgets – wgxa.tv

Georgia General Assembly begins hearings for 2022/2023 budgets  wgxa.t

At many churches, pandemic hits collection plates, budgets – Fox Business

Check out what's clicking on FoxBusiness.com. Biltmore United Methodist Church of Asheville, North Carolina, is for sale. Already financially...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change – Spectrum News 1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects...

Erin and Ben Napier of ‘Home Town' Reveal the Best Upgrades for Small Budgets – Realtor.com News

Erin and Ben Napier of “Home Town” have done some massive makeovers, but these HGTV stars also know that not every homeowner can afford...