School district recalls teachers, sets course around pay cuts
July 5, 2011
Issaquah School District administrators have recalled 35 of the 36 teachers it laid off in May. The 36th teacher decided to move and declined the recall.
Superintendent Steve Rasmussen also announced that teachers could avoid the state Legislature’s cuts of 1.9 percent to their base salaries.
District teachers have the opportunity to earn back the 1.9 percent decrease in the state-salary schedule through an increase in their Professional Growth Incentive Fund and 10 available professional-development hours.
The measurement is the opposite of a furlough. Instead of working less for less pay, teachers will work more to keep their salaries stable.
The money paying for the salaries comes from a variety of sources, including voter-approved increased levy dollars, operational efficiencies, decreased nonclassroom service levels — such as streamlined bus routes — utilization of reserve funds, increased fees for families, reallocation of overload funding, and continued reliance on organizations such as the PTSA and Issaquah Schools Foundation to help fund critical district and school-level purchases.