mohave-valley-elementary-school-district-16-squarelogo (1)The Mohave Valley Elementary School District is moving forward with plans for next year even though a formal vote to close its oldest campus has not been formalized. A public hearing Thursday night for parents of students at Mohave Valley Elementary School to voice their opinions about the impending closure of their school drew no one. Thursday’s public hearing was mandated by Arizona law. The school board must wait at least 10 days to formally vote on the proposed closure. School district superintendent Whitney Crow indicated the formal vote will take place at the school board’s regular monthly meeting in April. The closure of the school is being necessitated by a projected $459,000 shortfall in next year’s budget. The reduced revenues are a direct result of a declining enrollment. Crow says, it’s no longer feasible to continue to operate four schools in a district with 1,300 students. The budget savings will come from the elimination of eight teaching positions, mostly through attrition. The teachers that remain with the district next year will get their first raise in at least six years. On Thursday, the school board authorized a $3,000 increase in the annual base salary of all teachers in the district. Step increases will also be given to teachers based on their tenure with the district, as well as for their level of education. Crow said, there will be some teachers that see as much as a $5,000 increase next year. In all, the district will spend $320,000 in raises for its teachers. Crow defended the expenditure by saying the district is using its ‘rollover’ contingency fund– the monies that have accumulated from budget savings from previous years to pay for the pay raises. He also said, it is becoming more and more difficult to recruit teachers.