Schools adopt budget, will work with REDI

Tuesday, June 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 14, 2008

The Columbia Board of Education adopted the proposed 2004-05 budget Monday night after reaching a compromise about cutting juvenile officer positions.

There was discussion at the board meeting Thursday about cutting the hours of the two juvenile officers from two full-time positions to two half-time positions. Superintendent Phyllis Chase said Monday that a change was made to the job description to keep both officers working full-time. The officers will now address elementary-school issues as well as secondary-level concerns.

J.C. Headley, president of the board, said he wanted to look into how the music education budgets are determined at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools. The request came after a Rock Bridge parent spoke to the board about disparities between funding for instrumental music at the two schools.

Other highlights from the spending plan include a 9 percent pay raise for teachers and 18 fewer teacher position cuts than originally estimated.

The board also voted to have a representative from both the district and board of education work with Regional Economic Development Inc. as they draft policies that use incentives and possible temporary tax breaks to draw businesses to Columbia.

In other business at the meeting, nine people requested the removal of junk food from middle schools and high schools. The board plans to address the issue during its next regular meeting, tentatively set for July 9.

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