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Hastings Public Schools talk budget

Members of Hastings Public Schools may have to tighten their belts in the near future when it comes to the budget. Finance Director Jeff Schneider warned the board late last week of potential problems on the horizon if the district doesn't start receiving more help from state aid. Schneider says as far this school year in concerned there is cash available but it won't be enough to keep up with rising costs for school years to come. He says there will be difficult decisions to make, like whether or not to increase teacher salaries.

The Hastings Board of Education has approved salary increases for the administrative staff, classified staff and the superintendent. Administrative staff will see a 2.67% salary increase this year, salaries for classified staff will increase 3.47% percent and Superintendent Craig Kautz' pay will increase 6.5% for the 2014-2015 school year. Board members approved the motions unanimously and defended their actions. Also approved at Monday's board meeting was a motion to revise the district's Tobacco-Free Facilities and Property Policy. Board Member Jane Kleeb will be our guest on our Close Up program this Thursday to review last night's board meeting and look ahead to what's next on the agenda.

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