LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The LISD School Board approved stipends to retain and attract teachers at Estacado High School, which they say is needed to make mandatory changes in the classroom.
Estacado was recently named a persistently low-performing school. Plagued with poor test scores, LISD says changes are in Estacado's future. "I know our staff stands ready to make the changes," says Rick Rodriguez the district's assistant superintendent of human resources.
Thursday, the school board approved teacher incentives which will be paid with federal dollars."The stipend simply recognizes the importance they are going to play at that school," says Clinton Gill, the Lubbock Educators Association president.
The district will look at TAKS performance, student grades, and teacher attendance records. Estacado English, language arts, reading and social studies teachers are eligible for $3500.
Math and science teachers qualify for $7000, the two deficient subjects according to school data.
"Students at Estacado, Dunbar, Alderson and every other school are making progress, they may not reach achievement level but that doesn't mean they are failing," says Gill.
The board is taking the incentives to the schools that feed into Estacado. Math and science teachers, with a proven track record in the classroom will be eligible for $5,000.
"We anticipate and are ready to make changes and replace that need to be replaced," says Rodriguez.
There is no specific percentage of teachers that must be replaced tied to the transformational model, which the district selected to turn the school around.
"We want parents to be enthusiastic, part of that is being at events we have and it's not just about athletics but academic competition as well," adds Rodriguez.
All current Estacado teachers were asked re-apply for their jobs by submitting a re-commit letter stating why they want to be a Matador teacher.
"This is about the students and this new plan will ensure success at Estacado," says Gill.
The stipend will be reviewed each year and will continue if funds are available. Sam Ayers will replace retiring Estacado Principal David Basque next year.
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