MARSHALL – All non-teaching staff in the Marshall Independent School District will receive an across-the-board, three-percent salary increase for the upcoming school year following unanimous approval by the MISD Board of Trustees during Monday’s regular July meeting.
The pay increase for all non-teaching staff, combined with the increase and adjustment to the district’s teacher salary scale announced last month, means that all employees of the district will receive a pay increase in 2016-2017.
MISD announced last month that district teachers would receive a pay increase when the school board approved an adjusted teacher salary scale that gives teachers anywhere from an extra $1,600 per year for first-year teachers to as much as a $5,500 increase in 2016-2017.
Monday’s action provides the rest of the district’s employees, in all areas, with a monthly salary increase for the first time in over five years.
Other actions of note from Monday’s Board meeting included:
• Mr. Robert Wilbanks, MISD Legacy 2017 Project Manager from Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., gave a monthly report on the progress of the Legacy 2017 construction projects. Wilbanks said that all projects are making good progress and remain on track to be ready for opening in August of 2017.
• Mrs. Kristin Byrd, MISD Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services, presented an update to the State and Federal Grant Procedure Manual. In accordance with federal regulations, school districts are required to implement standards and procedures related to grant management and internal controls to ensure that all federal and state funds are lawfully expended.
• Dr. Rebeca Cooper, MISD Assistant Superintendent for Leadership and Learning, gave a summary of the MISD Instructional Coaching Model for 2015-2016.
• Trustees approved donations to MISD from the following: Ralo’s; Pamela West; Neely’s Brown Pig; The Print Shop; VIP Nails and Spa; Buchanan’s; Lubemaster; and Hometown Tire. The trustees also approved the district’s financial reports for June.
• Trustees approved the date of the regular August meeting, on Aug. 15, as the date for the annual public hearing to adopt the budget and proposed tax rate for the 2016-2017 school year.
• Trustees approved the Board of Trustee Meeting calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.
• Trustees approved a request from Masonic Lodge No. 22 of Marshall to place masonic cornerstones at each of the four new schools currently under construction in MISD. Masonic Lodge No. 22 will collaborate with MISD on the style and color of each stone, and will also plan, coordinate, and conduct the appropriate cornerstone ceremony with approval from MISD throughout the process.
• Trustees approved a clarification from the June board meeting which classified the Marshall Maverick Football Booster Club, Inc., as providing a donation for the purchase of a new scoreboard for Maverick Stadium. The classification was changed instead as a payment for lease agreement on the scoreboard.
• Trustees approved changes to current CW (LOCAL) policy, regarding the naming and/or re-naming of any district “facility, property or fixture (building, annex, stadium, grove, area, fountain, scoreboard, clock, and the like).”
• Trustees approved a conceptual design option for the renovation of Sam Houston Middle School as outlined in the Legacy 2017 building program. Huckabee, the architect for the project, will now begin work on the program, scope, design and budget to move forward with the renovation project.
• Trustees approved the revised 2016-2017 District Academic Calendar. The only change to the previously approved calendar affects MHS seniors in regards to the Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP). The revised calendar will allow seniors who have passed all of the STAAR End of Course (EOC) tests to be exempt from the last week of school in 2017. No other calendar item is affected from the previously approved district calendar.
• Trustees approved the Quarterly Investment Report as presented by Mrs. Kristin Byrd, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services.
• Trustees approved the purchase of a convection steamer for Sam Houston Middle School. The steamer will also be used following any kitchen renovations to Sam Houston as part of the Legacy 2017 building program.
• Trustees approved a budget amendment associated with the purchase of the new Daktronics scoreboard for Maverick Stadium.
• Trustees approved a resolution authorizing the Superintendent to execute documents to allow the district to participate in the PACE Purchasing Cooperative.
The August meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, Aug. 15, at 5:30 p.m.. An Agenda Review for that meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 12 p.m.