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August 21, 2014

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CCSD continues to OK pay raises, this time for school cops

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Pat Skorkowsky, Clark County School District superintendent, responds to a question during an editorial board meeting at the Las Vegas Sun offices in Henderson June 11, 2013.

Nearly 170 police officers are getting pay raises after the Clark County School Board unanimously approved a new contract between the School District and its police officers union.

The one-year contract with the school Police Officers Association will cost the district $421,731.

Here are some of the major financial changes to the police officers’ contract, which covers the 2013-14 school year:

• The School District will increase the police salary schedule by 4 percent. The salary schedule was frozen for the past couple of years.

• The School District will pay for police officers’ share of a state-mandated 1.375 percent increase to its pension fund.

• The School District will increase the amount of money paid for sick leave and changes the number of union leave hours.

• The union can create working groups to discuss nonfiscal matters with the district.

• Police officers must now have Peace Officers Standards and Training certification.

With the approval of the police officers’ contract, the School Board has just one more contract to negotiate with its police administrators union. It also is negotiating a health insurance plan for its 39,000 employees.

Earlier this year, the School Board approved contracts with raises for its 18,000 teachers, 1,300 school administrators and 11,000 support staff employees.

Clark County Schools Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky also approved raises for some of his cabinet members, although his administrative reorganization is expected to save the district $145,000.

In total, the School District will spend $34.7 million on pay raises for its teachers, support staff, school administrators and police officers this school year.

Paul Moradkhan, the director of government affairs for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, said he was concerned about the flurry of pay raises the district has approved in the middle of Las Vegas’ economic recovery.

“There are many needs in the school district,” Moradkhan said. “We ask the board to be cognizant of the increasing cost (of employee contracts). It does add up.”

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