PISD Board Welcomes New Member, Discuses Staff Salaries

Posted Date: 06/15/2017

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May 16, 2017:  Tuesday’s PISD Board of Trustees Meeting began with Superintendent Robert Hall presenting a meat box to outgoing Board President, Bruce Cowan.  Cowan, who chose not to run for another term, has served on the board for six years.
New member, Lloyd Cator took the oath of office along with reelected member, Mike Heck.  Next the board selected officers with Monty Kennard taking the seat as Board President.  Tyler Merkel will serve as Vice President and Heck will be Secretary.
Student Health Advisory Council Chairman, Carol Hayden gave a report on recent activities of that group. Hayden said that it has been their most active year ever including revising the school’s Wellness Policy, which the board later approved.
After the financial, communications and technology reports, Hall announced a few additional resignations and retirements: High School Principal, James Mireles; Junior High Teachers, Debbie Logan and Ruth Ann Noe; and Elementary Teachers, Carmen Mireles and Paige Pearson-Castellon.
The Board heard from Jon Blackburn with Government Capital about refunding (refinancing) the district’s bond debt, from the Junior High construction, to lower interest and potentially save up to $450,000 over time.  The board authorized Kennard and Hall to take the necessary steps whenever the best rate opportunity presents itself.   Blackburn will monitor the market and project the best time.
There was a lengthy discussion about teacher and staff compensation plans.  CFO, Doug Kile presented the board with several options including a plan that raised teacher pay $500 across the step scale.  Another plan would increase teacher pay by $1000, plus experience steps.    Discussion also included raising paraprofessional and manual trade workers by anywhere from one percent to 50 cents an hour.
Hall talked about the difficulty of hiring teachers to move to Perryton as well as the cost of housing. The board instructed Kile to explore a budget that included the $1000 increase for teachers and a 25 cent increase for hourly staff and paraprofessionals.    Final salary scales will be set at a future meeting once Kile has more of the budget prepared and a clearer picture of revenue projections for next year.
After almost two hours in executive session to discuss personnel, the board approved hiring Steven Blake Riley to a teacher/coaching contract at Perryton High School.