By Thea Skinner

Triplicate staff writer

The Del Norte Unified School District plans to consider a proposed pay increase for teachers at its Thursday meeting.

The 3.5 percent cost of living increase was negotiated over a six month period. The teachers union ratified the contract earlier this month.

The board will also consider approving a request for a waiver by the County Office of Education for the district's two schools in the community (K-6 and 7-12).

The schools have fewer than 2,501 average daily attendance, and were funded at $89,000 each this year. The schools will be eligible for state-funded cost of living allotments in 2007-2008, which will increase funding.

Another matter facing the board is approval of amendments to the Humboldt-Del Norte 2003 Local Plan based on changes to the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The plan will need to include new funding distribution formulas for the pre-referral mental health and Licensed Children's Institute funding.

Discussion of Castle Rock's spending allocations that were approved by Castle Rock Advisory Board in November will take place.

The board will address a request to submit an Expenditure Plan for funds, which was approved by an advisory committee in March. The plan centers on the Budget Act of 2006, which provides a one-time appropriation to local educational agencies for the purpose of funding career technical education equipment and supplies along with minor facility reconfigurations.

The allocated amount for the Del Norte County Regional Occupational Program is $3,254. The program offers four two-year certificates in agriculture, carpentry, automotive mechanics, and computer and information sciences.

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