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Thursday, Apr 10 2014 05:58 PM

KHSD approves last group of raises

BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer lforeman@bakersfield.com

The Kern High School District board approved a last round of 5 percent raises for union members -- this time transportation workers -- during a special board meeting Thursday.

Randy Turner, president of the transportation union, said the raises -- a 1 percent increase this year and a 4 percent increase next year -- will affect about 200 bus drivers and shop employees in KHSD.

"It's actually a victory because it's something that everyone's looking forward to," he said.

The district action follows raises approved Monday for teachers, supervisors and classified and trade union workers.

Mike Williams, a KHSD school board member, said any time the district can make employees feel appreciated -- like with 5 percent raises -- it's a good thing.

Chad Vegas, president of the KHSD board, said now the district can focus on the next school year and prioritizing students who are not college-bound.

Williams said he is most excited about a new department created last month, Educational Services and Innovative Programs.

He said Dean McGee, who will lead the department as assistant superintendent next school year, seems to be moving in an exciting direction.

"We've got somebody focused on being innovative," Williams said.

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