Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, has made the first motion on public schools, seconded by Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow. The school budget is divided into five divisions; the first division is for administrators. Jaquet and Ringo set a base salary reduction for administrators of 3 percent rather than 5 percent, eliminated three proposed furlough days, and eliminated a move to freeze the salary grid. The difference would be made up with federal stimulus money that’s earmarked for public schools, plus $334,300 from the public school stabilization fund. “This is what the dollars were coming for for education,” Jaquet said, “keeping the jobs.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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