New CCC budget includes staff raises

The Clovis Community College board of trustees approved of a budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 that will raise staff salaries by an average of 3.4 percent, according to a CCC memorandum.

CCC President Becky Rowley said tuition and fees will not be raised as a result of the salary increases. Rowley said the salary increases were made possible because CCC has tightened its spending, saved money by outsourcing their bookstore to Barnes & Noble, and the formula used for allocating funds to schools worked in their favor in this year's Legislature.

According to Rowley, the school's total budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 is $29.2 million, which is an increase of almost $900,000 from the previous year.

The salary increases will go into effect when the new fiscal year begins on July 1.

Support staff will be receiving the biggest salary increases, an average of 10 percent. Support staff positions include positions in admissions, financial aide and faculty secretaries among others. Rowley said the support staff's current salaries are at lower end of salary table, and improving their salaries was a priority.

The salaries of full-time faculty and professional staff will increase an average of 2.4 percent. Full-time faculty and professional staff have not received a pay increase since 2008, although they did received a one-time compensation increase of $1,500 in November 2012.

Adjunct faculty, which has have not received a pay increase since 2002, will receive an average salary increase 2.5 percent.

Rowley said her contract, which must be approved by the board, has not been brought before the board yet.

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