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Letters to the Editor

January 30, 2014

Attend School's Deliberative Session

Attend School’s Deliberative Session

The Raymond School District Deliberative Session is Sat., February 1, at 10:00 a.m., in the Raymond High School cafetorium. The School Board has three money articles, excluding the operating budget, on the warrant.

Article 2 is a bond to replace all the Raymond High School (RHS) roofs. Construction of RHS was completed in 1987, thus the roof is 26+ years old, which is 5 to 11 years past its life expectancy. The RHS addition was built in 1997, thus the addition’s roof is 16+ years old, which is its life expectancy. The cost of the roof project is $1,200,000. The School Board is proposing a ten-year bond. The first year’s estimated payment is $26,000 or approximately $0.03 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The second year’s estimated payment is $162,750 or approximately $0.20 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Each year’s payment thereafter declines with the last year’s estimated payment to be $122,250 or approximately $0.15 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The warranty for the roof is for 30 years.

Article 4 is the Raymond Education Association (REA), the teacher’s union, collective bargaining agreement. This one-year agreement has an estimated cost of $145,305 or approximately $0.17 per $1,000 assessed valuation. The contract calls for an average pay increase of 2.3% per teacher and a change in the health insurance plan. The health insurance changes from a 5/15/35 to a 10/30/65 prescription copayment, resulting in a $43,225 District savings. Also, the contract adds language that teacher’s unused confidential personal leave be bought back, at a certified substitute’s pay (currently $75), by the District at the end of the contracted year. Another change that would affect confidential personal leaves is teachers will be required to give a minimum of a four day notice to take a confidential personal leave day. In addition, at each school no more than five teachers can take a confidential personal leave day on the same day.

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