Frenship ISD board approves pay raise, hiring schedule

A 1.5 percent pay increase for employees was approved by the Frenship Independent School District board of trustees Monday night.

The board approved a professional hiring schedule, which included a starting teacher salary of $34,000. A teacher with 43 years of experience could make $60,400 in the 2012-13 school year under the hiring schedule, but the schedule states it is only applicable for the upcoming school year, and future salaries are not implied or predicted from the schedule.

The trustees approved the hiring schedule, including the 1.5 percent salary increase, unanimously.

Greg Cartwright, FISD’s chief financial officer, told the board members that a lump sum proposal in the hiring schedule might be paid out if financial circumstances allow.

Later, while discussing the budget, Cartwright said the budget forecast originally showed the district having an $800,000 deficit this year, but it is now projected to be $400,000.

“It’s possible we might come out balanced,” Cartwright said, but he stressed that the numbers are merely an unaudited forecast. “It’s another difficult year for Frenship.”

Cartwright said the district had a total reduction of $4.5 million from the state.

Superintendent David Vroonland told the board members that
unlike what they might have seen in the news, it’s not just wealthy districts getting hit by the budget cuts. The Frenship district is not wealthy, he said.

“It’s really occurring to districts still on the target revenue system,” Cartwright said.

The board took no action on the budget report.

Board members also heard an effectiveness report from Will Edwards, the FFA sponsor at Frenship High School.

Edwards told the board that FFA develops students’ potential leandership, personal growth and career success.

From their first day in agriculture classes at FHS, Edwards said students are asked to speak up in front of students.

“We really strive to get kids up in front of people,” he said.

During the spring, students have the opportunity to show animals in seven stock shows throughout the state, but there are many other contests they can compete in over the year.

Edwards said he encourages all students to get out to the ag farm, even those who don’t normally show animals.

“Everything is hands on,” he said. “There’s a lesson every time you pull up.”

Over the next year, he said he hopes to increase enrollment. The program was up nine students to 351 last year and is projected to be up 14 students to 365 this year.

The FFA chapter won area sweepstakes honors for the fourth year in a row last year, Edwards said.

The board took no action on Edwards’ report, but did approve a consent agenda that included:

n Minutes from the June 18 board meeting;

n A financial report;

n Personnel recommendations;

n Student extracurricular accident insurance;

n Approval of 2012-13 elementary and secondary meal prices;

n Deliberation and possible action to rescind previous action from June 18 awarding a contract for a heating and air conditioning replacement;

n Deliberation and possible action to award the HVAC contract to the lowest responsible bidder;

n Revisions to several employment policies, including the employee standards of conduct;

n Revisions to the admissions policy; and

n Revisions to the student welfare policies on freedom from discrimination, harassment and retaliation policy; the freedom from bullying policy; and the wellness and health services for students with allergies.

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