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MCISDlogoMISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees last week approved five out of the seven recommendations made by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for staff pay raises. Mario Solis, the assistant superintendent for human resources and student services, explained he would like to hold two items for further scrutiny.

The two items being held are the proposed pay increases to be more competitive with market values and providing additional equity adjustments at 1.5 percent to employees paid below market value.

"I need more time to review the details that TASB is giving us in order for us to present it in detail to you all at a future board meeting," Solis said.

Solis added he is recommending the following: the increase of starting teacher salary from $42,2400 to $44,000, providing teachers a $1,500 (3 percent) general pay increase, providing all other employees paid within pay ranges a 3 percent general pay increase, limiting new to the district teacher placement to 20 years and offering content area master's degree stipend of $3,000.

"I know that during the committee meetings we had discussed that there were certain individuals, employees, that were over the years of experience. And that we were considering, according to TASB, wanting us to cap it (20 years)," Board member James E. Olivarez said. "I would like the board to realize if we wish not to cap it, for us to agree that they should receive the $1,500 raise as all other individuals who are in that group."

Treviño asked how many teachers the cap of not receiving a raise would affect.

Solis explained six teachers and 17 in administrative positions would see a change, this item was held for the district to research more as well.

Olivarez was also concerned that the auxiliary level of staff (custodians, FS workers, maintenance and bus drivers) was getting paid at 90 percent of market value, according to research done by TASB.

"We discussed...auxiliary individuals that we would like to get them up to par, as far as their pay is concerned," Olivarez said. "My recommendation is, instead of giving them three percent, we go for at least a four percent for that subgroup the auxiliary staff."

Solis said the added one percent would not impact others salaries, and would be possible. Olivarez added since positions in the auxiliary level had a large turnover rate, they hope an increase in pay would retain employees.

Though the board discussed that this would not bring the auxiliary level up to 100 percent of market value, making increases each year would eventually allow those positions to catch up with other staff groups.

The board approved the recommendation made by Olivarez for the added one percent increase for auxiliary staff.

After executive session, the board also approved the contract for Mi¬chael S. Murray for the position of Coordinator for Fine Arts. The board explained that Murray had not seen the contract; the district is waiting for his signature before officially naming him to the position.

The board also discussed the possible election of new board officers and reorganization of the board. Board member Raymond Longoria explained he placed the item on the agenda in response to the way the board president was handling the Mission High School Phase III renovation project contract with ERO Architects.

Last week, the Progress Times published an article concerning MCISD Board President Sonia M. Treviño's refusal to sign the contract for MHS renovations with ERO Architects because she was unhappy with the cost of a baseline study the group conducted at $634,579.

Since there were not enough board members in support of Longoria's proposal to reorganize, no action was taken.

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