Thursday, June 26, 2008 | 9:17 p.m.
The Clark County School Board approved new contracts with its teachers and administrators Thursday, including a 4 percent cost-of-living pay hike authorized by the 2007 Legislature.
The vote was 6-0, with School Board member Shirley Barber absent.
Earlier in the evening the School Board called a brief recess so that the audience could watch Gov. Jim Gibbons' televised address on the budget crisis. In his speech, Gibbons said he would not support rescinding the teachers' raises as a means of trimming the budget.
School Board President Mary Beth Scow said she was grateful Gibbons had apparently taken the teachers' raises "off the table." Scow and her colleagues had said they figured they had to approve the contracts even if the state decided not to provide funding for the pay hikes.
Mary Ella Holloway, who is retiring from her position as president of the Clark County Education Association, said the contract is a victory on many levels.
"There's more in this contract than just the money," Holloway said.
The contract also includes new language that will likely improve the teacher evaluation process, and foster a better working environment at schools, Holloway said.