Cache County School District hands out EduJobs funds

Cache County School District teachers, administrators and employees will be getting a late Valentine’s Day present. The Board of Education voted last Thursday to hand out EduJobs money, which will hit district employees bank accounts Feb. 15. Full time administrators and teachers will receive $1,035, with the amount prorated for part time employees. Classified employees will receive 2.1 percent of their estimated annual salary. The amount for classified employees is capped at $1,035. “Our teachers have lost money, our classified people have lost money, our administrators have lost money over the last year. Their expenses have gone up,” Superintendent Steven Norton said. “This is like giving them a dime back for a dollar lost.” Two employees opted out of receiving the money – Norton and Business Administrator Dale Hansen. The vote to hand out the EduJobs money was passed with a 3-2 vote, with two board members absent. Board members Jonathan Jenkins and Bart Baird were the dissenting votes. Jenkins agreed that the teachers needed and deserved the money, but he questioned the timing. “We don’t know what’s coming down the pike,” Jenkins said. Jenkins requested the board hold off voting until after Legislature gave final budget numbers for the district. Baird agreed with Jenkins. Norton said he felt confident that the Legislature would fund growth in the district this year, and even if they didn’t fund growth the Legislature probably wouldn’t influence how the EduJobs money would be used. Council members Richard Knight, Brian Leishman and Board President Allen Grunig voted for the money to be distributed in February. Council members Tamara Grange and Garrick Hall were not present at the meeting. –

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