BISD trustees postpone decision on teacher bonuses
Apr 29, 2009 | 892 views | 2 2 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beeville school board trustees decided last week to postpone giving bonuses to teachers and other employees until they know how much, if any, money is left in the budget.

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.
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May 07, 2009
BISD teachers and staff must feel so unappreciated by the way they have been treated this year. Not only is the Chamber against them, but it seems that their own deputy superintendant is too. I can only imagine how low the morale of the district must be. If I were a teacher I would start looking for a job elsewhere this summer- at a place that actually supports them.
April 29, 2009
I will Never Never vote to pass a bond for BISD as long as I live in Beeville. My taxes for BISD went to 546.00 this year (for BISD just alone) to help restore our schools and now they can’t give the staff a small raise that they so deserve. According to some people they didn’t get a raise last year because there was “NO Money” and now they are blaming the economy. Come on they deserve it. They have bills and families also.