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Employees of Paris Independent School District will soon get their first raise in two years.
The PISD board approved a $33.65 million 2013-2014 budget Monday that includes a new salary schedule.
“Please notice the expenditure line is exactly the same amount,” Business Manager Tish Holleman told the board as they reviewed projected revenue. “That’s a balanced budget. By the skin of our teeth, it’s a balanced budget.”
Teachers will be paid the state minimum plus $2,500. Not all teachers will receive the same salary increase, although everyone should see some kind of change. Rates depend on what each individual’s salary was before the new schedule was adopted and whether the two-year pay freeze meant they were at the state minimum or not.
The new scale tops out at 20 years of experience, but anyone who is above that will be granted a $1,500 raise, as well.
Aides move up a step on their salary scale. Secretaries and similar hourly positions will receive a 75-cent-per-hour raise, and bus drivers will get a 50-cent bump in their per-route pay. Administrators will see a one percent pay hike, apart from the superintendent.
The pay scale also includes $221,580 in stipends, although Holleman said the only addition was for an English language learner liaison – an extra assignment for an existing teacher to help coordinate districtwide bilingual/ELL efforts.
Board members Rickey Richardson and Jenny Wilson noted that it seems PISD has a lot of stipends budgeted as extra pay for work employees should already be doing, such as foreign language instructors and speech diagnosticians. Robert High, assistant superintendent for human resources, said it’s a must to hire and retain high-demand professionals.
“There are more positions than there are certified teachers,” Superintendent Paul Jones said of the foreign language teachers.
There are also $214,700 in athletic stipends. Athletic Director Steven Hohenberger said the amount didn’t increase, but he did rearrange some of the individual stipends to remove some discrepancy between coaches at various levels.
“I wanted transparency, and I wanted equality,” he said.
Coaches for basketball, volleyball and football were alotted additional funds in the form of 10 additional pay days because they work more in the summer than others, according to Hohenberger.
The budget also includes money for upgraded buses, the beginnings of the implementation of a district vehicle fleet and more school resource officers.
PISD balanced its 2011-2012 budget with 10 percent cuts and a pay freeze. This year’s budget included no pay raises, a few cuts and a $500,000 shortfall.
“I think we’ll be below the deficit y’all passed last June,” Holleman told the board. “I’m hoping it’s close to zero. I’m scared to say an amount because there are still a lot of variables.”
The last state budget included deep cuts in public education. The funding bill adopted this session restored much of that money, which allowed for the pay hike and balanced budget.
“It’s a good budget,” Jones said. “Tish did a great job. This is a perfect example of how reliant each school district is on the state. If we received equitable funding that other districts get per student from the state, we would have a $1 million surplus next year.”
The board typically adopts its tax rate in August.
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A great way to be part of the Wildcat tradition is to take an advertisement in the annual football program and sports calendar. Ad sizes range from full page to business card sizes. Whether you are a business owner or a family who wants to recognize their Wildcat, we have the right fit for you.
We have an exclusive agreement with 5Star Sports and our representative, Joe Higginbotham, will be calling on local businesses for advertisements next week. Please contact him at 214-415-6530 if you would like to schedule an appointment.
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9:00 – 11:00 incoming 3rd – 6th graders – $40.00
12:00 – 4:00 incoming 7th – 9th graders – $50.00
Britanny Maness, Head Volleyball Coach
Girls Softball Camps
July 10-12 @ PHS Softball Field
-incoming 4th & 5th: July 10th (10-2 p.m.)
-incoming 6th & 7th: July 11th (10-2 p.m.)
-incoming 8th & 9th: July 12th ( 10-2 p.m.)
Cost will be $65.00- includes T-Shirt, lunch, and 3 hours of hitting, fielding, base running, and technical instruction with the softball staff and returning Varsity softball players.
Morgan Harpole, Head Softball Coach
Girls Basketball Camps
June 10-13 @PHS Main Gym
-incoming 3rd - 6th : 9-11 a.m. – $35.00
-incoming 7th – 9th: 12 – 4:30 p.m. – $35.00
Theodore Mackey, Head Girls Basketball coach
Summer hours for the Paris High School tennis courts
Dates: June 17th – August 21, 2013
Days: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Jim Davis, Tennis Coach
Camp 1: Ages 6-10 yrs old
Date: June 24th & 25th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Camp 2: Ages 11 years old – students entering 9th grade
Dates: June 26th & 27th
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon– $40.00
Camp Director Bill Sikes Paris High School Head Baseball Coach
Phone numbers: (903) 737-7427 and (903) 517-6828
PHS Ladycat and Wildcat Soccer Camp
Date: June 20th& 21st
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: PHS Field
$20.00 or $35.00 for 2 in family
Coach Beshirs Head Soccer Coach- (903) 227-7324
Little Wildcats Football Camp
Ages: 3rd,4th,5th and 6th graders
Date: July 22nd thru July 25th
Place: Wildcat Stadium
Time: 8 a.m. -10 a.m.
Cost: $10.00 (includes Camp T Shirt)
Future Wildcat Football Camp
Ages: 7th,8th, and 9th graders
Date: July 22nd thru July 25th
Place: Wildcat Stadium
Time: 8 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10.00 ( Includes T Shirt)
Registration deadline Monday, July 8th. Forms are at the Field House Office. Will be glad to e-mail or fax form to you. Just call (903) 737-7427
Summer Strength and Conditioning
High School and Junior High
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week
Girls: 8:00 Lift and 9:00 Run
Youth/JH: 9:00 a.m. Lift and 10:00 a.m. Run
HS Boys: 10:00 a.m. Lift -11:00 a.m. Run
P.M. Work Out Sessions
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday and Thursday
Wildcat 7 on7
6 p.m. @ Wildcat Stadium
Tuesday’s –June 11th, 18th, and 25th
Please make checks to PHS Athletics (sport) our address is Athletic Dept. 2255 South Collegiate, 75460.
Please feel free to call Nancy Morgan, Athletic Department @ 903 737-7427 if you have any questions.
As discussed in the most recent school board meeting, Paris Independent School District plans to get some new wheels in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
In a recent budget workshop, Superintendent Paul Jones recommended buying a set of used buses and the beginnings of a fleet of cars for staff travel. He suggested purchasing two cars before this year’s budget expires June 30, then another next year with savings from mileage reimbursements.
The PISD buses are stretched thin as is, and band members have even been known to arrive late to games because they’re riding a bus that had to finish a route, according to Business Manager Tish Holleman.
“If you’ve ever seen our parade of buses on Friday night, it’s a long string because we’re transporting so many people,” she said.
Even though many of those buses are technically 72-passenger vehicles, such a number of bodies can only fit when sitting three to a seat. They actually hold one per seat on such trips, or 24 students.
The district is looking to purchase four used “activity” buses at $25,000 each, which would be used to transport students to events, freeing up other buses for routes and allowing older models to be retired. These will be similar to charter buses, able to hold two per seat with room for storage underneath.
“If we don’t get some of these buses off the road, I think we’re liable as a board,” board member Dr. Gordon Strom said.
PISD is one of the few districts in the area that does not maintain its own fleet of cars for employees to use, Holleman said. Instead, workers frequently drive their own vehicles and are paid 45 cents per mile, but that often creates insurance problems. District insurance does not cover anyone driving a private car, only district vehicles.
It’s a cost-saving effort in the long run, Holleman said. Once the district has enough cars to meet the demand for travel, anyone who decides to drive himself wouldn’t get reimbursed for the mileage. Insurance would increase roughly $250 per month per vehicle.