Even as some metro-east school districts continue to wrestle with budget shortfalls, Belleville District 201 teachers will be getting a pay raise.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the school board Monday night unanimously approved a partial salary step increase this year and next. Superintendent Jeff Dosier told the paper that instead of a full step increase, teachers will get 75 percent of a step increase.
The cost of the pay raises will be covered by retirements and vacant teaching positions not being filled.
The teachers' new contract goes into effect September 1st.
The school board also approved new contracts with the district's custodians, engineers and teacher aids.
Rockwood school district Superintendent Bruce Borchers is taking a salary cut to leave the district for a school district in Tennessee. The Rockwood School Board will formally accept his resignation at its Thursday meeting.
Rockwoods officials announced Tuesday that Borchers' last day will be June 7th.
Borchers was hired by Rockwood in 2010. Since then he's faced controversy over the hiring of consultants, the district’s relationship with a construction management firm, a failed bond measure last year and a scathing state audit of the district in February.
St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams has said he will make several proposals at the 6 p.m. meeting of the special administrative board. Among his proposals, Dr. Adams is expected to recommend that some schools close next year and other be phased out as a cost-cutting measure.
Dr. Adams says several factors, including academic performance, would be considered in deciding which, if any, schools would close.
There has been wide-spread speculation that the Cleveland NJROTC Academy would be phased out, accepting no new freshmen after this year.
Wednesday’s Special Administrative Board meeting is at 6:00 p.m. at 801 North 11th Street.