CAVIT

The Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology campus is in Coolidge.

COOLIDGE — At a special meeting of the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology Governing Board held telephonically on Monday, board members adopted an expenditure budget for fiscal year 2020-21, which included a 5.7% increase in the Maintenance and Operations area.

Members of the CAVIT board passed a total expenditure budget of just over $12.4 million, comprised mainly of the unrestricted capital fund and the M&O budget.

The district’s M&O budget increased to just over $3.7 million, compared to $3,525,000 for FY 2020. The increase accounts for the last round of 5% teacher salary raises as part of the state's 20% by 2020 plan.

The FY 2021 budget also allocates $8,631,725 to the unrestricted capital fund — a $1.075 million decrease from the previous fiscal year.

The secondary tax rate for the school district remained the same at five cents per $100 net assessed valuation.

Board members also approved the district’s Online Learn Plan for the 2021 school year during the special meeting, which Superintendent Mike Glover said is required by the state for districts planning to resume school remotely prior to Aug. 17.

With virtual instruction at the career and technical education school scheduled to begin on Monday, Glover noted that teachers are currently in the process of organizing curriculum for remote learning.

“Students will receive instruction that is directly related to the technical standards that are found within the (Arizona) Department of Education,” he said.

Online instruction delivered to students will also meet the required standards for program certifications and will attempt to facilitate virtual learning experiences such as virtual tours or virtual guest speakers when possible.

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