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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2008 12:25 pm | Updated: 10:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Across the East Valley, school districts will be approving budgets this month.

At stake are teachers’ salaries, class size and many other issues affecting your child’s education.

Each district is required to have a public hearing before the governing board adopts the final budget.

Highlights from each district’s proposed 2008-09 budget:

APACHE JUNCTION UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

$88.6 estimated preliminary budget.

$33 million estimated maintenance and operation (M&O) budget.

Teachers will receive a 1 percent raise to their base pay and should receive a 2 percent increase in performance pay.

$950,000 is being cut from a variety of places, including busing and eliminating some positions. The district also is charging a fee for extracurricular activities.

Public hearing: 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district administrative building, 1575 W. Southern Ave.

CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

$206 million M&O budget.

On average, a 4.2 percent to 4.7 percent increase in employees’ salaries.

Two new schools will open in the fall, with the district budgeting $2.5 million to open Haley and Charlotte Upham Patterson elementary schools. In addition, the district is launching its own alternative school, with seven teachers, on an existing campus while a new facility is being built at Cooper and Frye roads. New campus construction should be complete for the 2009-10 school year.

Public hearing: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the district office, 1525 W. Frye Road.

KYRENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

$106.4 million M&O budget.

Salary increases are undetermined at this time

Public Hearing: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road, Tempe.

MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

$620.5 million estimated preliminary budget.

$433.1 million M&O budget.

Salary increases are undetermined at this time.

The district has proposed $13 million in cuts, including eliminating more than 100 positions, phasing out the teen pregnancy program, making changes to library and nursing staff, and other changes.

Public hearing: 5 p.m. Tuesday at 549 N. Stapley Drive.

TEMPE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

$119.6 million estimated preliminary budget.

$87.2 million M&O budget.

Teacher salaries will increase by $2,000 per educator.

Tempe made $3.8 million in cuts to support raises for all employees. This was done by making cuts to elective classes and to teaching staff in middle schools and special education, and other changes.

Three new schools will be opening: Scales Technology Academy and Holdeman and Thew elementary schools.

Public hearing: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sanchez Administration Building, 3205 S. Rural Road.

TEMPE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

$83 million M&O budget.

Employees will receive a 1 percent salary increase and a 1 percent salary stipend.

Budget includes doubling fees for extracurricular activities from $25 to $50; cutting eight full-time positions, such as special-education support staff and a part-time literacy specialist, and leaving 21 teaching positions unfilled next year. Also the hiring for several positions, including an associate superintendent, will be delayed.

Public hearing: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Benedict Education Center, 500 W. Guadalupe Road.

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