Posted: Aug 16, 2012 2:29 PM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News
KALISPELL- Teachers and staff within the Kalispell school district won't have to worry about any personnel cuts during the upcoming school year.
The Kalispell school board finalized its 2012-2013 budget earlier this week, and it actually allows for additional teaching salaries- unlike last year.
Thanks to a voter approved levy and increased enrollment this past year, four new teaching positions were opened up at the elementary level to help with overcrowding in the classrooms.
Kalispell Superintendent Darlene Schottle says it's been several years since the school board felt this positive about what they're able to do with the school budget.
"We did receive some additional funding through the legislature that just came through several months ago. In addition, we've had quite a few retirements and replacements salaries are not as high as individuals that have worked in that field for a long time."
The budget will also provide a slight increase of teaching courses and sections at the high school level.