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Salary, hiring freeze possible for Kyrene

Budget-saving options presented this week

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:41 pm

Kyrene School District staff and employees could once again see a salary freeze for the 2013-14 school year as district officials plan for the possibility of bond legislation failure that would give recovery in bond capacity.

After last year’s reprise of a 2 percent pay increase for staff, a pay freeze next school year would be the third freeze since 2009.

The district is also implementing a hiring freeze for the remainder of the current school year that will require all vacant positions to be approved before being filled, according to Jeremy Calles, Kyrene’s chief financial officer.

During a governing board study session on Tuesday, increases in class sizes and program changes were taken off the list of options for district-wide savings. Instead, possibilities such as lease-purchase agreements, phased retirement programs, accounts payable credit cards, and the sale of the district’s Club West build site were placed in front of the board, among other ideas.

Though each item will be looked at in greater detail in the coming weeks as the state Legislature will make its decision about access to bond money, Kyrene is preparing for the worst.

“We’re coming to a sad time when we talk about having to use credit cards,” board member Ross Robb said Tuesday.

Total savings for items presented could save the district a projected $7,130,000 to $13,460,000.

The Legislature is expected to make a decision in May or early June.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or Follow her on Twitter @dmartinezAFN.

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