Vanden district eyes new high school library

By From page A4 | April 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A request to go out to bid for a new library at Vanden High School will be before trustees for the Travis School District when they meet next week.

“It’s kind of the crown jewel of Vanden,” Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak said of the planned library.

She spoke Tuesday at a budget workshop where trustees were told revenues for the 2014-15 fiscal year are projected to total $42.6 million while expenditures are expected to be $41.7 million.

Michelle Richardson, assistant superintendent for business, said the figures are not finalized for the next fiscal year.

“This is all our best guess at the moment,” she told trustees. “This is still very rough.”

A total of $34.9 million in the budget goes toward salaries and benefits. Costs for books and supplies are $1.6 million. Utilities, including gas, electricity, water and phone, total $1.2 million.

The Travis district, with an enrollment of 5,503 students, has a $3.2 million monthly payroll. Enrollment in the school district has increased by about 40 students.

The average cost of a teacher, including salary and benefits, is $84,000, Richardson said.

Special education students in the district total 617 and the program has a $6.2 million budget.

Gavlak said the district has not had success with bonds and that a parcel tax proposed in 2010 failed.

“It was pretty much an unmitigated disaster,” she said.

Fifty-six percent of voters opposed the tax.

The request for the library bid goes before trustees at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Travis School District offices, 2751 De Ronde Drive in Fairfield.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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