CAMP VERDE - Employees come and go at Camp Verde Unified School District. When budgets are tight, the hiring of new people gets noticed.
Board member Judy Gilbert drew attention to additional personnel requested of the governing board this month, as well as extra-duty contracts for current employees.
"It seems like every packet has extra money for extra duty," said Gilbert, who pointed out some employees' hours had been cut to meet the budget. "How are we paying for this?"
Superintendent Amber Lee said many new positions - like a sign language specialist (Katie McAndrew) and extra-duty contracts for Tammey Carter as Saturday School supervisor and Janet Anderson for teaching an additional period - were paid with Special Education grants. Love & Logic-related work for Jenny Jackson and Jane Mathews is also paid through a grant.
A grant is also paying for a Student Resource Officer through an intergovernmental agreement with the Camp Verde Marshal's Office.
Lee said the district is still lacking some Special Education teachers. The district has not been able to find the right teachers to fill some vacancies, but those positions are in the budget.
The hiring of another "facilities technician" was a different matter.
"We felt it was necessary," Finance Director Steve Hicks said. "We're struggling with maintaining and getting maintenance done." The position, he explained, would be paid from a cash fund left over from rental proceeds (when Yavapai College leased a building on campus).
Support Services Director Stacey Barker, who requested approval to post for the new position, said he has only two technicians being asked to complete 574 work orders.
"Basically, I'm killing my guys," he said.
Barker said he has cut bus drivers and made other changes in order to free up more money in Support Services, "but I can't do that any more."
At Tuesday's meeting, the board approved the personnel requests.
In other business:
Principals updated the board on student progress, with most classes showing gains during the first quarter. Technology Director Aaron Moya also provided a technology update, saying the high school is piloting a "bring your own device" program. If successful, BYOD will move to other campuses.
The governing board is divided between those who prefer a paper packet for meeting materials and those who would rather have documents received electronically. They have asked Moya to look into the paperless option and find out technical issues and budget impact.
The board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Yavapai College for dual enrollment this year.
Lee gave special recognition to Charity Worden, the new music and choir teacher for the middle school and high school. Some of Worden's students gave a command performance for the board Thursday night. South Verde Principal Steve King recognized teacher Mary Lue Allen, who led her students to several ribbons at the Fort Verde Days Art Show. Also personally thanking Allen was student Anthony Ellissarius, who received the Historical Society Award for his photograph "Flowing Water."