Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 20, 2013

AISD approves budget amount

Trustees approve total, as well as raises for AISD employees, other agenda items

Jeff Riggs
The Athens Review

Athens — Several items were passed Thursday, June 20, including a budget which was just a tad higher than last year.

The business took place at the Athens Independent School District meeting at the District Support Center Board Room, 104 Hawn St. in Athens.

AISD Board members unanimously passed a $24,333,138 proposed budget for 2013-2014.  That’s up from the budget total in 2012-2013 of $23,581,912.

Additionally, in a separate total, child nutrition figures showed a total of $1,730,745 for the current budget, as well as debt service figure of $2,181,670.

Raises in pay will be enjoyed by teachers and librarians, counselors, diagnosticians, nurses and speech therapists.

Teachers, who work 187 days per year, will receive $35,500 when they first move into their jobs.  At the other end of the pole, after 31 years, they will make $52,800.  The first year employee will make $500 more than they did in last year’s budget.

The pay is scheduled in increments, closely aligned with one step per year.

Other increases for auxiliary positions are many.  For example, for clerical assistants, instructional assistants and information officers, the annual increase will be either three percent of the midpoint or $850 per year increase.

Other occupations fitting this amount are library assistants, special assignments, administrative receptionists, attendance secretary, counselor’s secretary, LVN, registrar/PEIMS clerk, supervisor’s secretary, accounting clerk, bookkeeper, principal’s secretary, director’s secretary and webmaster.

Other occupations are listed for a little greater increase. All the salary increases were approved by the board unanimously.

Also approved were hourly-rate increases for manual trades and job classifications.

These include custodians, bus monitors, general cafeteria workers, grounds maintenance personnel, cafeteria assistant manger, head custodian, cafeteria manager, grounds foreman, maintenance technician, mechanic helper, air condition/refrigeration personnel, bus driers, bus dispatcher/clerk, custodian supervisor, diesel mechanic, driver trainer, licensed journeyman/ craftsman and transportation specialist.

There were more.

Chief Financial Officer Randy Jones said he does not believe tax rates for residents or commercial entities will increase.

“I think it will remain the same,” he said.

He mentioned that by July 25, property values will make their way to AISD, and at the August meeting of the board of trustees, the true tax rate should be known.

Other items approved unanimously were:

• math and science teacher stipends of $5,000;

• OdysseyWare software renewal;

• SuccessEd Software and Consulting;

• waiver for low attendance days.