Trustees, during the board meeting Tuesday, discussed the possibility of offering $500 incentive pay to professionals and $250 to non professionals.
Offering the one-time incentive pay would have cost the district $204,250.
Superintendent Dr. John Hardwick Jr. said, “Overall, if we did something now it would end the year with a good feel.”
Trustee Tom Beasley was hesitant to take the money from the fund balance given the current economy.
“Once we spend that money it is gone,” he said.
Deputy Superintendant Erasmo Rodriguez offered the board an alternative given the tight budgets at the schools.
“We could use the money to help the principals,” he said.
He also suggested that the board could wait to approve the incentive pay.
“The other way to do it is to wait until the end of the budget and see what is left. But that is August,” he told trustees.
Trustee Velma Elizalde said, “I don’t have a problem doing it at the end of the year.”
Trustees are expected to discuss the bonuses later this year.
In other news, trustees also canceled their May election.
Unopposed incumbents Beasley and Elizalde for Sub-District I and Sub-District II were declared elected for a three-year term of office.
Trustees also hired Thomas Carrera as a social studies teacher at A.C. Jones High School.