New Bloomfield Superintendent David Tramel’s proposed budget could give teachers pay increase

New Bloomfield educators could see an increase on their paychecks if Superintendent David Tramel’s proposed budget is finalized and approved by the district’s board of education.

Tramel said he is working on a budget that is less conservative in years’ past during the New Bloomfield Board of Education meeting Thursday. His proposed budget would allow on average a 3 percent or more raise for all certified staff in addition to maintaining the salary schedule.

In the 2013-2014 school year, teachers were given the step up in salary schedule only, Tramel said. He added that he considered insurance when crunching the numbers and deductibles won’t affect the 2014-2015 pay increase, meaning teachers can expect to still make more after insurance.

Previously, the district was on a three-year pay freeze.

The proposed budget also includes updates to the district’s technology.

A mobile computer lab, increased Wi-Fi points throughout the campus and interactive boards are specific technology upgrades Tramel mentioned during the board meeting.

Tramel also discussed with the board a need for drainage solutions, which he projects would take place over the summer.

Areas near the track, behind the central office building and a parking lot tend to be locations for pools of water after a heavy rain.

The district will search for bids for a campus-wide lighting upgrade project. A bid meeting will take place later this month then interested parties will have two weeks to prepare bids. Tramel will work with Facility Solutions Group — a St. Louis-based lighting, electric and energy company — to find the best bid, and he said he hopes to have a recommendation for the board on its May 14 meeting.

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