The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 11, 2014

WISD board approves purchase of new reading program



Lyman said he would inform the school board when he finds out if Region VII ESC is going to offer the curriculum this year, after meeting with area superintendents this week.

Besides using TEKS Resource System for the 2014-15 school year, WISD could also choose to purchase lesson plans from a larger school district such as Houston ISD, Lyman said.

“There are other options out there that we can discuss,” Lyman said.

WISD Director of Finance Tricia Wardell gave a presentation on fund balance reports, projected revenue and preliminary budget estimates for the June budget workshop for the 2014-15 school year.

The preliminary 2014-15 budget includes a proposed raise of $500 to the above base amount for teachers (which would put WISD at about $4,000 above base pay for teachers); a modest adjustment to the hourly staff pay scales; a 3 percent increase for employees not currently on set pay scales; and adding 11 teaching positions and three special education paraprofessionals based on anticipated growth. Some of these positions will remain vacant until enrollment is at a certain level. The increase to payroll costs would be $1,300,000.

Total proposed expenditures for the 2014-15 budget are $14,107,900. The difference in revenue versus expenditures is $982,900 in the general fund and $126,100 in food services. This leads to a deficit $1,109,000 budget.

Following closed session, the board voted 6-0, denying a Level III appeal of student discipline.

Also after closed session, the board approved contracts for the following teachers at the primary campus: Autumn Brown, first grade; Jeannie Campbell, first grade; Susan Sekula, music. At the high school campus, teacher contracts were approved for Jacy Coston, ag teacher; Virginia Voorheese, health science; and Ann Ives, math.

In other action, the board:

• ELECTED board officers. Dr. Don Rice will serve as president; Dr. Carolyn Booker will be the vice president; and Theresa Bambeck will be the board secretary.

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