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No more Apples for Stockdale ISD
STOCKDALE -- Getting the bang for taxpayers’ bucks flowed through the April 8 meeting of the board of trustees of the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD). From budget amendments to stipends and salary increases, the trustees looked toward the future to attract and retain the best educators and technology methods for their students.
Stockdale ISD Super-intendent Paul Darilek said after the meeting that the $119,000 Texas Cool Schools grant, applied for by the district in September 2011, was received and 10 air-conditioning units were replaced at the elementary school campus.
Although the federal government has continued to make budget cuts, the Stockdale trustees approved increasing stipends for the athletic department’s head coaches.
In a related item, the trustees approved changes to the district’s base salary scale. Beginning teachers and those with up to nine years of teaching experience will see a $5,000 increase above the state base in the salary scale. While teachers with 10 to 20 years’ experience will see no increase over the state’s salary scale, the district did make changes for those with 20 to 30 years’ experience.
The future needs of students also were addressed. The board decided to employ Google Chromebooks for use in technology fields, instead of Apple products.
Through the district’s leasing of Google Chromebooks, it will receive new laptops every three years, Darilek said. He added that this was a fiscally sound decision, due to the savings involved -- $100,000 for the Apple grant versus $25,000 for the Google Chromebooks.
The trustees also visited other districts prior to making their decision.
The board also:
•Hired Katie Hummel Wiatrek as the girls athletic coordinator, replacing Ashley West, who will become a full-time teacher.
•Approved advertising, for the third time, the sale of real property located at 505 South Ninth St. This is the former Head Start property.
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