Graffiti removal and vandalism repair costs up • Barstow Unified School District has paid about $2,409 during the second quarter of the school year to remove vandalism and graffiti at local schools. BUSD paid about $1,640 for the second quarter last year to remove vandalism and graffiti.
Tony Wardell, BUSD assistant superintendent of business, said vandals had broken six windows at Barstow High School in October and seven more windows during the Thanksgiving holiday. Someone took a saw to the handrails at Cameron Elementary School and the district had to pay about $742 to weld them back together.
Higher pay for Saturday school • The board unanimously approved a salary increase for teachers working during Saturday school sessions.
Teachers will be paid $30 an hour for working during Saturday school beginning Jan. 6 with no retroactive pay. Teachers had been paid $22 per hour to work Saturday school.
Audit of 2009-2010 financial report • Board members unanimously accepted a report on the district's financial condition during the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
BUSD's 2009-10 financial report received an unqualified opinion from accountants at Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company. According to company representative Rick Alonzo, the district complied with state and federal regulations when it comes to reporting the district's financial condition.