LISD Receives Another Pay Raise
We told you about a pay raise that the Laredo Independent School District approved a few weeks ago. Now they have proposed yet another raise. It was brought up at tonight's school board meeting.
"Really the amounts being provided are very insignificant."
School board trustee Jose Valdez is proposing to raise salaries for administrators from .5% to 1% and all clerical and manual trades personnel from 1.5% to 2%.
However not all board members agree.
"Well I prefer to be a little bit more conservative to air on the side of caution."
Laredo Independent School District approved a raise just weeks ago, so some wonder why they are already proposing another one?
"Some of the trustees after reflecting on the fund balance thought that we probably could have done a little bit more."
School board trustee Valdez gives his opinion on how they could have avoided having to vote on another raise.
"We gave raises and then amended the raises to our teachers. Next time, we should take care of all of them at the same time."
Not everyone agrees on this motion to approve another raise though.
"It's not necessarily the best thing to do."
School board President Beckelhymer thinks it would be a better idea to give the employees a bonus so it's only a one time payment, but the school board is willing to work together to help reward their employees.
"Even though there's a bit of disagreement, ultimately we're going to come together and approve it. I'm certain of that."
The raise was approved at tonight's meeting. Beckelhymer says the total impact of this new pay increase is about one point two million dollars.