From This Mornings Republican American on the Region One Budget Reply

The proposed change of duties for Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s technical support staff and the addition of another employee in that department is one of the reasons for the increase in the proposed central office budget for next year.
Region 1 Business Manager Samuel Herrick said network administrator Gina Jasmine will work with the six elemen­tary schools throughout the region on PowerSchool, the stu­dent information management system. Warren, the computer technician, will offer support to computer staffs in those schools, allowing for the reduc­tion of their hiring outside serv­ices. The pair will still be spending time at the high school as well. He said Jasmine’s salary will go from $59,000 to $69,000 and Warren’s will be increased from $44,000 to $67,000, figures, he said, are in line or lower than the standard for such positions. Forty percent of those salaries will be reflected in the 16.76 percent increase in the central office budget. The new position, a desktop support technician, will have a seven-hour a day, 190-day schedule and be classified as noncertified personnel. The salary has been put in at $22,869. Other increases in the central office budget are in the area of in-service training, which is proposed at $50,000, up $22,800, or nearly 84 percent from this year’s $27,200, and for a student success plan coordi­nator at $13,259. That position wasn’t part of last year’s plan, but was installed this past fall. The superintendent and assistant superintendent are proposed to get 2 percent salary increases and the business manager, a 3.02 percent increase.
The assistant business manager’s proposed salary is going up 16.03 percent to $57,367, while the wage of the bookkeep­er will be reduced by $3,948 to $46,405. One item that’s been questioned by some members of the public is the amount budgeted for tuition reimbursement for the superintendent’s course work. That number is $4,200.

Under the high school plan, technical education teacher David Seney is retiring at the end of the school year, said Herrick, and that position will not be replaced, for a savings of $76,000, while a two-tenths physical education/health posi­tion will be added and an indoor track coach job eliminated due to a lack of participation in the sport.The principal and assistant principal’s salaries are pro­posed to go up 2 percent. Board of Education legal fees are proposed to increase from $2,500 to $12,500. Health insurance is up 10 percent, Herrick said, but steps have been taken to keep costs down by institut­ing more cost-sharing practices.
The plan will go before a hearing April 3 and a referen­dum May 7.

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