This article originally appeared in the Friday June 14, 2019 issue of the Progress Times.
Superintendent Carol G. Perez announced that the district administration was able to find approximately $4 million in savings that may be going toward teacher and staff pay.
The Mission Consolidated Independent School District held their regular called meeting this Tuesday, June 11.
“First of all, we’d like to thank our administration,” Perez said. “If it wasn’t for everyone working as a team, we wouldn’t have had the success that we’ve had this year so far.”
Through staffing studies, the district was able to save over $4 million according to Perez. The savings found will go into the district’s general pay increase.
“All of the departments worked collaboratively with our campus administrators,” Perez said. “Not only will we be able to give a pay increase to all of our employees, but we will be able to update our salaries, because they have not been updated since 2013.”
Because of these increases, Perez said the district will be closing the gap from 5 years of experienced teachers to those with 20 or more years of experience.
“As a district we, the board and administration, made a commitment that we would no longer be losing our teachers or staff as we were,” Perez said. “We are going to be going from 7th place in teacher’s salaries to possibly 3rd place [in the Valley], and we will be hitting the 75th percentile. Of course, we want to be closer to the 100th percentile, so we’ll be working on that.”
MCISD is providing a summer meal program for children in the district that involves mobile food units: two retrofitted buses that have been feeding kids ages 1 through 18 from June 5 through August 2.
“Now we’re able to take meals to some remote areas,” Perez said. “And with that, we went from 24 sites to 30 sites, and there is a need to feed more children, so we’re going to be looking at ways to send regular buses to these [additional] sites where we are still able to meet health guidelines so we can take it out to places where children need it the most.”
A schedule of sites is available via here.
The board of trustees officially approved the naming of the Mission High School softball field as the “Coach Iris G. Iglesias Softball Complex.” Iglesias and her family were present to celebrate the recognition.
The name was selected by committee members from the community after they received 36 nominations, all for Iglesias.
The meeting also included the selection of Analisa Flores as the new principal of Mission Collegiate High School, which was discussed in executive session and voted on without comment.
The Education Foundation of Mission CISD presented a check during the board meeting for $10,000, which will be going toward the annual Back To School Bash the district will be throwing on August 8.
“I would just like to remind the board just how important this truly is for efforts for the Back to School Bash,” Verley said. “That $10,000 is used solely to buy school supplies to go into 2,000 backpacks that will be handed out that evening. It truly is a community-driven event, and it’s through the efforts and support of the Education Foundation and our communities that we’re able to do that, so we really appreciate what they continue to do for us.”
The district will be holding a Public Hearing before the next special called board of trustees meeting on June 26 to discuss the 2019-2020 budget and proposed tax rate.