By SASHA HELLER
The Point Isabel Independent School District (PIISD) Board on Tuesday approved a five percent general pay increase for teachers and a five percent from midpoint raise for administrative, professional, clerical and paraprofessional employees and auxiliary personnel.
“It’s the first general pay increase in three years,” said superintendent Dr. Lisa Garcia.
Discussions about a raise initially began at two percent. However, that figure continued to rise during the Board’s talks and they ultimately settled on the five percent figure.
Garcia explained how the negotiations unfolded. She said the Board contracted earlier in the school year with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to conduct a review of the district’s overall salary structure. Garcia said the goal of the study was to ensure PIISD’s salaries were competitive with comparable school districts.
“We started in February in meetings with the Board,” Garcia said, adding that the Board members wanted more for the district’s employees. “The Board of Trustees felt like a robust general pay increase was necessary to retain and attract the best teachers.”
In other business, the Board approved:
• Contracting architectural services with Gignac Architects of Harlingen at a fee of six percent
• Contracting with Gignac Architects to develop a plan for concession stand/restroom facilities and security booth/storage facility
• Contracting with TREMCO Incorporated Weatherproofing Technologies Inc. of Beechwood, Ohio for roof repairs and maintenance program at Darry Elementary
• Purchasing 30 iPads for use by teachers and students
• 2013-14 optional flexible school day program
• PIISD staff to attend and present at the National Council for Community and Education Partnership/GEAR UP Conference in San Francisco, Calif. on July 14-17
• Port Isabel Junior High School’s junior class to visit Texas A&M campus in Kingsville, Texas A&M at Corpus Christi and a Corpus Christi Hooks baseball game.