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Rockdale ISD reps join in Austin rally


Rockdale teachers at Saturday ‘Save Our Schools’ rally in Austin included: (L-R) Pam Weiser Hammett, Janet Moody-Parsley, Lauren Zenner Williams, Jami Becker, Karen Laughlin. 
Photo courtesy Karen Laughlin Rockdale teachers at Saturday ‘Save Our Schools’ rally in Austin included: (L-R) Pam Weiser Hammett, Janet Moody-Parsley, Lauren Zenner Williams, Jami Becker, Karen Laughlin. Photo courtesy Karen Laughlin AUSTIN— Several Rockdale ISD teachers, along with Supt. Dr. Howell Wright, were among the estimated 8,000 persons who flocked to the Texas Capitol for a “Save Texas Schools” Rally on Saturday.

Many carried signs and umbrellas, a symbol of their request that the legislature use the state’s $9.4 billion “rainy day fund” to avoid making an estimated $9.3 billion in education cuts.

It’s been estimated as many as 100,000 jobs could be cut statewide due to the shortfall.

In the Rockdale ISD, an annual loss of state funding between $ 600,000 and $1.7 million is anticipated, Dr. Wright said.

The district is preparing a budget and is mulling a number of strategies for dealing with the expected shortfalls.

Most personnel have been offered “early out” incentives—10 percent of their current salaries— for notifying the district by Monday they will not return in 2011-2012.

The RISD is also considering dozens of other cost-cutting measures, ranging from a hiring freeze to moving the second grade to the intermediate campus, allowing the district to cut an assistant principal post.

In the Hutto ISD, where one campus is closing, the f if th grade is being moved to middle school.

According to the Hutto ISD’s Emily Boswell, fifth and sixth graders will occupy one wing of the middle school with seventh and eighth grades in the other.


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