Pay increase for at-will employees at Stockdale ISD
At-will employees of the Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) will see a 2-percent increase in their pay. District Superintendent Paul Darilek confirmed this after the May 19 board of trustees meeting.
At-will employees include maintenance, clerical, and food service, Darilek said. This does not affect teachers, counselors, nurses, and librarians.
The trustees also approved the purchase of two used school buses from the Waco ISD for $50,000, or $25,000 each. Each bus odometer had 80,000 miles and is good shape, according to the superintendent, who added that the buses were not driven on gravel roads. Last July, the district’s trustees approved the purchase of a 2013 71-passenger school bus for $90,000. Today, the price of a new bus is estimated at $100,000.
In another financial decision, the board adopted a 5-cent increase per cafeteria meal on each campus. Prices for the lunches at the elementary school will be $2.15, while junior high/high school meals will be $2.40 each.
The board also heard a presentation from Stockdale High School Principal Sandra Lynn regarding Texas House Bill 5, relating to the requirements for high school graduation. New for the coming school year are endorsements for graduation plans, such as STEM and Business and Industry. Starting in the eighth grade, students can select a major and minor -- depending on their plans for further education and careers, Darilek said. (See STAAR for fields available.)
Since the May school board elections were canceled due to lack of opposition, the following trustees will serve an additional three-year term each: Mauro Monita, District 1, and Teri Wolff, District 6. The two were sworn in and officers were elected. Sal Urrabazo will continue as the board’s president; Wolff, vice president; and Pat Donsbach, secretary.
The board will hold its 2014-15 budget hearing Monday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m.
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
Graduation plan endorsements under House Bill 5 include:
•STEM -- courses related to science, technology, computer science, engineering, and advanced math
•Business and Industry -- Database management, information technology, finance, graphic design, welding, automotive technology, and agricultural science
•Public services -- health sciences, law enforcement, and educational training
•Arts and Humanities -- Political science, world languages, cultural studies, history, and fine arts
Source: Texas Education Agency website