School board members adamantly discussed the need for teachers to have more funds to enhance their personal instructional and classroom settings, so that those teachers will not have to use their own money to do so.
According to trustees, teachers often use their personal finances to purchase items and teaching tools that enhance the learning environment of their classrooms and also the learning experience of their students.
FCISD trustees approved an increase from $50 per year, to $500 per year for each teacher within the district to use specifically for various extra teaching aids, supplies, tools, and creative items that the teacher sees fit to expound the classroom and curriculum experience of their students.
The $500 is in addition to and aside from the normal annual instructional budget that provides for necessities of the classroom and the things that must be furnished by the school on a regular basis.
“I think that this is awesome,” said district Superintendent Linda Bettin after the meeting. “We know that teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pocket on their classrooms. I was a teacher myself. Over time a teacher will go somewhere and spend $10 here, $20 there…if you add it up, it eventually becomes a big amount. This is to help their personal pocketbook and to help them get the supplies they need without having to worry about their personal finances.”
In other matters, trustees:
•Approved an inter-local cooperation agreement with Floresville Alternative School.
•Set a date for September 19 to hold a public hearing and review the district’s 2012 FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) rating.
•Discussed using Edlio webpage designers to upgrade and expand the design and content of the school district’s website.