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CCISD Ups Teacher Salaries

By Marilyn Clark, League City Area News Online

March 26, 2004

The CCISD school board approved a salary increase for teachers, the purchase of 65 new school buses and criteria for contractor selection for construction projects at its March 23 meeting.

Teachers did not receive a cost-of-living raise last year.

Teachers did receive their annual step raise last year. Most step raises were for $570 . A step raise is given each year for teaching experience.

In addition, teachers received a $500 health insurance stipend from the district last year to compensate for a cut in state insurance funding.

Chief Financial Officer Paul McLarty said that this year, each teacher will receive a $1500 cost of living raise and their annual step raise. He also said that the $500 health insurance stipend will be rolled into each teacherís base pay.

According to a salary study by the Texas Association of School Boards (November 6, 2003), the salary scale for Clear Creek ISD teachers is lower than the salary scale of peer (similar in size and composition) districts and Region IV Competitor districts.

Therefore, the board approved a 3-year plan for making teacher salaries more competitive with the salaries of area teachers, if funding is available in the district budget. District spokeswoman Karen Permetti said that this will help the district recruit and retain teachers.  Permetti said that currrently the district loses a number of teachers with several years of experience to other districts each year because of the districtís low pay scale.

McLarty also said that CCISD is working on a plan to re-hire retired teachers.

Clear Creek Educators Association (CCEA) 1st-Vice President Pam Moak spoke on behalf of CCEA leadership. Moak said, "We like the idea of the 3-year plan. It shows vision and a desire to move us forward. We believe that addressing this issue so early (before teachers renew their contracts), and in the way that you are, will be important to (increase) teacher morale."

Director of Transportation Vernon Cross and Associate Superintendent of Operations Ron McPherson reported that the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Adopt-a-School Bus Program have a grant program which enables school districts to replace old polluting school buses with new ones. This Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) grant program is designed to help our area meet (increasingly strict) federal pollution standards.

The Board approved participation in the CMAQ grant program. Also, the board approved the purchase of 54 school buses with bond money and 11 buses with CMAQ money if the H-GAC approves the CCISD grant application at its April Board meeting.

Director of Facilities and Planning Fred Niccum said that Texas Senate Bill 660 (1999) requires that school districts approve a delivery system and selection criteria before asking for bids on construction projects. He recommended that the Board choose a delivery system of competitive sealed proposals.

Niccum also recommended that the board continue with the "best value" to the district plan that was initially adopted by the Board in April 2000.

Niccum said that CCISD rewards good contractors (who build quality buildings), avoid requesting multiple changes, who follow the job specifications, who do their job, who have a good reputation with CCISD and area school districts with up to 10 points.

Niccum indicated CCISD avoids contractors with a bad reputation with other districts, who lack  bonds, who lack correct paperwork and who make a lot of clerical errors.

The Board approved the recommended delivery system and selection criteria for construction projects.

The Board selected Sandra Davenport to be the new principal of Clear View High School.

The Board also recognized Coach Aubrey Schulz for his induction into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor.

The Spotlight on Innovative Programs featured "Integrated Thematic Instruction" at Landolt Elementary School.

Dr. Mossmanís Raise Stirs Up Controversy

By Marilyn Clark, League City Area News Online

March 26, 2004

Some area residents expressed concern about the $10,000 raise in salary to $185,000 a year and a $600 car allowance that was given Superintendent Dr. Sandra Mossman at the February 24 CCISD Board meeting.

Archived on July 16, 2004.
Online publication date is July 16, 2004.


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