Former teacher discusses suicides, administrators

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A former Rockdale ISD teacher expressed concerns over issues ranging from suicide to administrator salaries to school trustees Monday.

The comments by A lyssa Kubiak Marburger opened a monthly session in the Central Administration Building.

Marburger, who has taught for 11 years, said she had a variety of concerns over school disrict issues and used her five minutes allotted for public comments to list about a dozen of them.

‘ALARMING’—“ The suicide rate over the past six years is beyond alarming,” she said.

Marburger asked what steps are being taken to prevent teen suicides and volunteered to meet with students for counseling sessions.

Many of her statements dealt with anticipated cutbacks in future years as the district faces anticipated losses in state funding.

She urged board members not to remove classroom teachers as they face ways to save money.

“Teachers may be the only outlet for having students’ needs and concerns met,” she said.

‘TOP-HEAVY’— Marburger said she felt the district was “top heavy” with administrators.

“At one time we had one-anda half superintendents and two assistant superintendents,” she said. “Do we really need two assistant superintendents?”

“That’s a whole lot of money being paid,” she said.

She also commented on administrative positions being filled by people “with no vested interest in the community.”

Marburger said Cameron ISD has a policy requiring administrators to live within the school district.

REPORTS— Board members heard reports on the English as a Second Language from Elementary Principal Robin Faulkner and instructor Lorrie Birkhead.

Campus principals reported on 2010 district and campus improvement plans.

In other business, board mem- bers:

• Hired Chase Pechtol as a high school science teacher.

• Named Marla Wallace, RISD chief financial officer, as an authorized representative of the Lone Star Investment Pool.

• Conducted a school board training workshop on team building/ leadership development.

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