No Raises Next Year for Jal School Employees

JAL, N.M. (AP) - The school board in the small eastern New Mexico community of Jal won't be giving raises next year, but it also won't be cutting any staff.

Superintendent Rick Ferguson says the district is close to breaking even.

He says district officials thought they'd have to cut salaries by 5 percent for all staff next year, but were able to avoid that.

The district expects a $126,300 budget deficit in the 2010-2011 from the current year's budget, largely due to a reduction in Jal's stimulus funding from $248,000 this year to about $35,600 next year.

The Jal school board on Monday approved the budget for next year.

Ferguson says the district will be review any open positions before hiring someone for that job.