• Makayla Grijalva

Los Lunas Schools gives employees salary hike

June 17, 2021

Sonya C’Moya, who currently makes up the entirety of the Los Lunas Board of Education, approved a one-time $1,200 pay increase for all contracted employees in the school district.

Moya told the News-Bulletin following last Tuesday’s special meeting that she was “very excited and proud” to have been able to approve the pay increases for employees who have worked so hard during the last year and will continue the hard work through the next school year.

The pay increase is meant to account for any extra duties the contracted employees may encounter during the upcoming 2021-22 school year, such as extra cleaning duties, extra pandemic-related training or a quick transition to online learning due to a COVID-19 outbreak in a school.

The bonuses will be paid through the federal CARES money received by the district.

Los Lunas Schools Superintendent Arsenio Romero said the $1,200 amount was decided upon to account for taxes, allowing for each full-time contracted employee to at least bring home $1,000. Half-time contracted employees will receive a prorated gross amount of $600.

“We are still in a pandemic,” Romero said. “We are still planning on what next year is going to look like, and it will still look different. In fact, it might never quite look the same again.”

Read more at the Valencia News-Bulletin

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