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Stockdale trustees approve 2-percent pay increase
STOCKDALE -- School districts are watching every penny closely, due to state funding cuts, but “at-will” workers in the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) will soon see a 2-percent increase in pay. The Stockdale ISD board of trustees approved the increase during its May 14 meeting for all at-will workers, including administration, maintenance, and clerical. This will not affect pay for educators, who are considered contract employees.
Stockdale Superintendent Paul Darilek said after the meeting that the pay increase followed last year’s pay freeze, imposed due to drastic state funding cuts.
With the state funding decrease, Darilek said, the district was “hit harder last year.” This resulted in some reductions in personnel.
Also related to pay and personnel, the board approved adding a life skills teacher at the junior high school. At present, one such teacher serves both the high school and the junior high. In addition, the district is seeking a new second-grade teacher, to fill an opening due to a resignation.
Despite district personnel changes, the board of trustees remains the same.
Barry Osborne II and Pat Donsbach, trustees for Place 3 and 4, respectively, ran unopposed in the May 12 election. After the two were sworn in, the trustees re-elected the following officers: President Sal Urrabazo, Vice President Rick Rutland, and Secretary Teri Wolff. Leroy Sanchez and Teri Dugi comprise the remainder of the board.
In other action, the trustees:
•Adopted “a naming of facilities policy,” as directed by the Texas Association of School Boards. This action followed a request to name a building or project after a person, and the district had no policy in place. The request was in reference to the tennis courts currently under construction.
•Approved an interlocal transportation agreement with Floresville ISD’s STS (Student Transportation Specialists) for an additional year.
Darilek also advised the board on the status of three construction projects. The anticipated time of completion of the tennis court project is mid-June, due to a rain delay.
He also added that the district has received certificates of occupancy for the junior high/high school cafeteria and the agriculture education facility, financed by a $3.25 million bond, which voters approved in November 2010.
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