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GWISD extends superintendent's job contract
by Ben Tinsley
Feb 03, 2014 | 38 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GEORGE WEST – The George West Independent School District board voted unanimously last Wednesday to extend the contract of veteran Superintendent Ty Sparks through the 2016-2017 school year.

The decision came after Sparks discussed his goals for the school year with the board in executive session.

GWISD school board members did not discuss a salary increase for Sparks as such matters are traditionally considered after a budget is completed for the coming year, Sparks said.

The superintendent’s 2012-2013 salary was $105,286, the Texas Education Agency database shows.

Sparks, who started his employment with the GWISD in 1999, was promoted to superintendent of schools in 2008 after also working there as technology director and assistant superintendent for finance.

In other business, the board also approved a one-year probationary 2013-2014 contract for Marlana Mauer, the district’s new dyslexia instructor.

“This is a new contract being offered to Mrs. Mauer for the second semester,” the superintendent explained to a reporter after the meeting. “Mrs. Mauer will be replacing Cathy Anderson for the remainder of this school year. Mrs. Anderson retired in December after 27 years of service with GWISD.”

The school board also reviewed the GWISD’s portion of the annual Texas Academic Performance Report.

Sparks said this year’s report shows GW students outperforming the state and region academically in almost all measured categories.

“While we are very proud of our accountability results, we always have room for improvement,” he said. “Our teachers work very hard and continually seek ways to improve instruction. We are grateful for the hard work of our staff and students.”

The GWISD set its next board meeting for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
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