GRAPEVINE -- Grapevine-Colleyville school district employees can look forward to a little relief in their paychecks next year, thanks to a 1 percent cost-of-living raise, their first wage increase in two years.
School trustees voted 7-0 Monday night for a $139.6 million operating budget, including the raises, for the 2012-13 school year.
The budget includes a $6.4 million deficit that will covered by the district's fund balance, or savings, account.
Fifty-one staff positions were eliminated, including 33 custodial jobs that have been cut because elementary school cleaning has been outsourced. That reduced payroll by $1.8 million.
Eighty-five percent of the budget goes for payroll and benefits. As one of Texas' property-wealthy school systems, the Grapevine-Colleyville district is required to return $28 million next year to the state to be distributed to poorer districts.
Grapevine-Colleyville has topped the $450 million mark in total contributions to the state's recapture system, Superintendent Robin Ryan said.
"I want us to be aware that we have a half-million target on our back," Trustee Becky St. John said.
The 2012-13 budget is the second one prepared under the Senate Bill 1 state funding law passed last year by the Legislature. Grapevine-Colleyville schools have had a combined $14.2 million loss in revenue over the two years, with the 2012-13 year share at almost $8.3 million.
The district's $133.2 million in revenue for 2012-13 includes 1.6 percent from federal sources, 11.3 percent from state funding and 87.1 percent from local property taxes and other sources.
Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657