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ECISD approves raises, talks money
EAST CENTRAL -- District employees will have more to be happy about on payday this coming school year, thanks to a raise of approximately 3 percent that was approved by the East Central Independent School District (ISD) board of trustees July 19 during the regular monthly meeting.
Teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses, and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) facilitators each will receive a $1,500 increase for the 2012-13 school year, which represents a 3-percent raise of the “average salary” within this group. Administrators, paraprofessionals, and auxiliary employees also will receive a 3-percent increase based on the “midpoint” for each of those employee classes. Bus drivers and bus monitors also are set to receive an increase of approximately 3 percent.
Money matters stayed front and center, as the board made several additional decisions, to include allowing Superintendent Gary Patterson and his staff to seek competitive sealed proposals for the continued renovation of East Central High School. Patterson informed the board that approximately $800,000 remains from the recent bond monies, and that the district is now in a position to continue with the improvements.
Staying on topic, a recommendation was put forth by Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Jim Selby that the district move from a self-funded workers compensation program to a fully funded option. Selby said this will save the district about $170,000 in the first year, and more than $900,000 over the next nine years. The trustees agreed with a unanimous vote.
In other business, the board agreed to move next month’s regular meeting from Aug. 16 to Aug. 23. Patterson made the request in order to give his staff extra time to complete the budget report.
The public meeting date for the budget hearing on the proposed tax rate for 2012-13 also will take place Aug. 23. The district proposes to stay at its current rate of $1.2960 per $100 of appraised property value, comprising $1.04 for maintenance and operations, and 25.6 cents for interest and sinking.
The board also ordered a trustee election for districts 3, 4, and 6 as part of the Nov. 6 election, but confirmed it would be canceled if the candidates run unopposed. Selby estimates the district’s cost for the election could be as high as $38,000, although the prior election cost $12,000.
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