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Floresville ISD approves employee incentive payments
Marcus Laughlin of Dallas-based Energy Education Inc. (standing) addresses Floresville Independent School District board members (from left) Freddy Carrillo, Tom Ray, John Raabe, Ryan Bippert, and Neysa Choate at their June 19 meeting.
Wilson County NewsJune 27, 2012 3,273 views 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- Faced with uncertainty over state-level funding and the looming threat of losing personnel to the jobs created by the South Texas oil and natural gas boom, the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees, at its June 19 meeting, approved a retention incentive stipend for employees.
According to information presented to the board by Deputy Superintendent Ken Barber, the one-time payment will cost the district an estimated $468,660, which will be transferred from its fund balance. This includes $1,000 per professional employee -- administrators and teachers -- $500 per paraprofessional employee, and $30,660 for benefits. These payments are less applicable salary taxes and withholding.
New hires for the 2012-13 school year will not qualify for the stipend. Those who receive it must be employed by Floresville ISD on or before June 1, and must remain employed there until Nov. 27.
“This is in lieu of a pay raise,” Barber said. “If we did a pay raise, it would be an ongoing expense.”
Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller said, “The revenue just is not there to do a pay raise. We’ve hit a wall.”
Also during the meeting, the board voted to approve the Texas Association of School Boards Policy Update 94, which requires the district to develop and implement a student food-allergy management plan. The policy is required to address procedures to limit the risk posed to students with food allergies. It also should include procedures regarding the care of students with diagnosed food allergies, who are at risk for anaphylaxis.
In other action, the board approved a four-year contract with Dallas-based Energy Education Inc., which company representative Marcus Laughlin estimates could save Floresville ISD as much as $3.9 million over the next decade. Energy Education will help the district train its own energy education specialist, who would help employees to implement “organizational and behavioral changes” aimed at cutting energy costs. (See “FISD contemplates energy savings,” May 23).
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