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June 26, 2012
DALLAS -- The 2012-13 school year in Dallas just got two days longer.
A better-than-expected year-end financial report has the Dallas School District projecting to have $1.6 million left by the end of the fiscal year. That's about $100,000 more than projected in recent weeks.
The board had been contemplating adding back two days, but was waiting to make that decision until August.
Monday's positive financial news changed that.
"We potentially could be looking at (adding) more than two days," said Dallas School District Business Manager Tami Montague.
The approved budget cut 10 days from the schedule. Each school day cut saves about $56,000, but if the projection holds, the board may consider adding even more days back to the schedule.
"I'm recommending that you go ahead and add two days now," Dallas Superintendent Christy Perry said.
The board approved the recommendation unanimously, adding a day in October and May to the 2012-13 schedule.
The board also approved keeping Perry's salary for 2012-13 at $113,850. She received no increase for the fourth year in a row. In a comparison of 12 other school districts, including Central, Corvallis, Silver Falls and Coos Bay, Perry had the most experience, but the second-lowest salary.
"This really hurts," said Lu Ann Meyer, board chairwoman, to Perry. "When you are cutting days (from the school year), you are not in a position to give raises. That is not a good feeling and certainly not representative of your performance."
However, the board voted to have a committee review options for creating a performance-based salary schedule for Perry. The committee will bring a proposal to the board for approval.