BRAWLEY – The BUHSD School Board passed unanimously the budget for the 2014-15 school year which includes a cost of living increase of .85%, adding three teachers on assignment positions, a security guard, and a full time night custodian and a Mechanic II position.
The district will be installing a new phone and intercom system to replace the outdated one currently in use.
Jennifer Layaye, BUHSD financial director, said that a finger scan will be installed at the cafeteria. As of now, students use a keypunch to procure their meal. The trouble with that, said Layaye, is that students share their numbers with others.
The school is owed $18,000 in unpaid cafeteria fees, according to Layaye. Parents won’t pay the charge saying it wasn’t their child that ran up the bill.
The school has credited $4,500 to parents who insist it wasn’t their child that charged.
With the finger scan, the new system will eliminate fraudulent charges.
Layaye told the board they will have a reserve of 37% or $6,734,043.
In other business, Carol Sassie, board president, honored DVHS student Cassandra Fernandez for winning the Jonathan Tarr Foundation Scholarship.
Desert Valley High School Principal, Antonio Munguia, said Cassandra was the only student in the Valley to win the award. The Jonathan Tarr Foundation Scholarship is given to a student in continuation school that shows promise and academic advancement.