A 4 percent stipend for all Logan City School District employees was passed at a budget hearing held Tuesday. Board of Education President Fred Duersch said that during the budget hearing, two motions were passed. The first was to make a one time transfer from capitol funds into the general fund, and the second was the stipend to all employees. “The basis of this stipend is to try to do something for our employees this year in light of economic problems,” Duersch said. During November’s Board of Education meeting held a week earlier, a teacher told board members she thought passing the stipend while the board is at an impasse with teachers regarding steps was underhanded and asked the board to hold off making a decision on a stipend until an agreement on steps was reached. Duersch, however, disagrees that passing the stipend was underhanded. In the past nine years, the board has given a similar stipend about five times, he said.’It’s not out of the ordinary,’ Duersch said.While teachers are concerned with getting steps for some of their peers, Duersch said the stipend will benefit every district employee.- email@example.com
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