SOUTHLAKE -- Carroll school district officials say they would like to recognize their employees' hard work by giving them a little extra money in the upcoming school year.
But they doubt that they can afford it.
On Monday, trustees approved a resolution that would allow the district to give a supplemental payment to employees, provided that officials can find the money for it.
Officials emphasized that the resolution does not lock the district into giving additional money or benefits, but simply allows it to do so in the future if funding becomes available.
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State funding to the district is expected to drop as much as $8 million over the next two years, Superintendent David Faltys said. Trustees are expected to adopt an operating budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year in August and vote on a tax rate in September.
School board President Read Ballew said that the district does not have the funding for additional compensation right now and that it is "highly unlikely" funds will become available.
"This gives us the flexibility to provide additional compensation to our employees that we value highly for a one-time payment if funding becomes available," Ballew said.
According to the resolution, an extra payment would acknowledge that many Carroll employees do more than their job requires. And Carroll officials want to raise morale and help make sure employees don't leave the district.
The funding situation has had a "definite negative impact" on employee morale and "subjected them to increased levels of stress and anxiety concerning their employment and compensation," the resolution says.
Board Vice President Sue Armstrong said, "I think it is important, especially in this climate, to let our employees know we value them."
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