After closing out its 2008-09 budget, the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District has agreed to a retroactive pay raise of 1.5 percent for all staff members, negotiated with the employees' classified and certified staff unions.
"We always look at the ending balance and negotiate raises based on that," said Superintendent Barry Groves. "So (the raise) was based on last year."
He added that in order to balance this year's budget, however, the district had to reduce its budget by $800,000. It's too early to tell whether another raise is on the horizon for the current school year, he said. Negotiations for the 2009-10 budget begin in February.
The last raise given in the district was a 2.5 percent raise in August 2008 for all employees.