Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hikes For LISD Staff

LISD trustees want higher teacher pay

By Nick Georgiou
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 2:25 AM CDT
Several LISD trustees are unhappy with the pay bumps the district’s educators will receive this school year, saying they deserve a higher salary increase.

Laredo Independent School District trustees John Amaya, Hector “Tito” Garcia and Cecilia Moreno have called for a special meeting Friday to vote on a $300 pay bump for teachers as well as a step increase, which is based on their years of experience.

First off, let me say that I think teachers deserve every penny they get and more, but with trustees pushing for step increases on top of pay bumps, se mira como que quieren quedar bien con los empleados.  Right now may not be the time to be too eager with raises.  

When Texas' budget shortfall (rick perry) is discussed, first mention always goes to school cuts.  It doesn't look pretty out there for the next couple of years for schools.  And it's been said that the 2012 - 2013 year is going to be even more brutal.  I hope the board thinks this through and puts their re-election campaign motives on the back burner, especially when they've been advised against pay hikes.
LISD trustees' vote to increase salaries went against administration's recommendation.  District Superintendent A. Marcus Nelson had asked them to freeze salaries because of the $23 million in state revenue that LISD will lose during the next two fiscal years compared to current funding levels.

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