Teacher pay drops, maybe

One-time sum expiring but future board action on horizon

Some Rockdale ISD teachers may have been gotten a surprise when they looked at their first paychecks of the 2012-13 school year.

A one-time $916.70 lump sum, okayed last year by school trustees, has expired and the board hasn’t yet decided how to address that situation in 2012-13.

Lee Jenkins, board president, said trustees have been eyeing the teacher pay situation for two months, but have not yet taken a vote.

“We’re supportive of the teachers,”

Jenkins said. “It’s a matter of balancing those needs and trying to be responsible to our taxpayers.”

The board had original ly planned a 5-cent tax increase but cut that hike to 1.34 cents after taxable value figures improved during the summer.

ONE-TIME— On Aug. 22, 2011, the board okayed the onetime lump sum. That came one week after the board froze pay, suspended the teacher salary schedule and merit pay plans.

“It was not a recurring raise,” Marla Wallace, chief financial officer (CFO) said. “It was definitely spelled out at the time it was a one-time, one-year situation and that it would be addressed again next year.”

The $917.60 lump sum did not apply to Supt. Dr. Howell Wright Jr.

“The bottom line is that we are not done talking about teacher pay for 2012-13,” Jenkins said. “We’re doing our due diligence.”

Wallace noted that board members are faced with a $2-million deficit budget for 2012-13.

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