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Section A: General News


Floresville ISD OKs raises for 2013-14


Floresville ISD OKs raises for 2013-14
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April 24, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Independent School District’s board of trustees has approved 3 percent midpoint salary increases based on the 2013-14 pay scale. The board’s unanimous approvals of the raises and the pay scale followed recommendations from Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller at its April 16 meeting.

Hunkapiller praised staff members who have hung on amid funding cuts from the state Legislature’s previous session and an anticipated decrease in federal funds due to sequestration.

“In 2011, Congress passed a Budget Compact Bill that included sequestration of federal funding in education; on March 1, 2013, the sequestration piece of that Budget Compact Bill became reality,” he said. “As a result of the sequestration, the projected cut in federal funding for FISD is approximately $400,000; the final and actual amount will be determined at a later date [by the Texas Education Agency], which will then provide the amount to FISD and all other Texas school districts.”

The district plans to attempt to offset the federal cuts by moving $400,000 used for a one-time raise in December 2012, which Hunkapiller hopes will stave off a reduction in force, because 90 percent of federal funds were used to pay salaries.

Preliminary estimates are that the state Legislature will approve a $500,000 increase in the district’s funding during its current session, Hunkapiller said. That, along with projected attrition of staff, proposed budgetary adjustments, and projected energy savings, will free up funds for the salary increase. He said that teachers’ annual starting pay will increase from $41,000 to $43,000, while top-scale teachers earning the capped $61,000 now will earn $63,000 per year.

With regard to energy savings, the district’s energy conservation program implemented at the beginning of the current school year already is experiencing favorable results. Science teacher Patrick Hutzer also serves as the district’s energy specialist, helping Floresville ISD’s faculty and staff to cut unnecessary energy usage. Hutzer said that in the first four months -- November 2012 to January 2013 -- a district-wide savings of $103,908 was experienced. This, Hutzer said, is energy costs the district avoided paying based on current pricing.

Simple conservation measures helped the district avoid using 878,818 kilowatt-hours of electricity during the four-month period, producing a projected savings of $90,655. It used 15,795 hundred cubic feet less natural gas, which produced a projected $11,736 in savings. With regard to water, the district used 35,200 gallons less, which helped generate a projected savings of $480. These savings, Hutzer said, are equal to the prevention of 557 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the removal of 100 automobiles from the highways annually, or 14,252 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.

In other business, the board:

•Accepted Floresville Middle School teacher Marilyn Ebrom’s retirement and accepted the resignations of Floresville High School teachers Christina Freeman and Nicole Ward.

•Renewed the district’s independent retainer program agreement with Walsh, Anderson, Gallegos, Green & Treviño, P.C.

•Approved a one-year extension of the district’s depository contract with Wells Fargo bank.

•Approved a one-year renewal of the district’s food-service-management contract with Sodexo, with any management fee adjustments based upon changes in the Consumer Price Index.

In attendance: Board members Doug Shoemaker, Rachel Peña, John Raabe, and Freddy Carrillo; Superintendent Jerry Lee Hunkapiller, Assistant Superintendent Sherri Bays, Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael B. McSwain, Superintendent’s Secretary Kim Cathey, Director of Maintenance Charles Bump, Floresville Alternative Education Center Principal Bud Box, Floresville High School Principal Sandra Galinzoga, Floresville Middle School Principal Sara Mann, and Floresville South Elementary School Principal Shelley Keck.
 

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