Provided by LISD
At their meeting today, the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees approved a budget of just under $208 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
The budget of $207,936,501 was balanced with anticipated revenue, and it included a 2.5 percent pay increase for employees. The starting pay for new teachers will be $42,000 annually. Prior to the budget adoption, Superintendent Berhl Robertson, Jr. asked the board to amend his contract to reflect a salary increase of two percent rather than the three percent increase they approved in January. Robertson's contract, which goes into effect on July 1, 2014, was extended with a pay raise during his evaluation in January.
Robertson said, "I appreciate what the Board of Trustees did for me in giving me this pay raise in January; however, none of us knew then, what our budget position would be for next year. With our budget now prepared, I'm requesting that my percentage of pay increase be less than that of our teachers."
In other action, the Board of Trustees recognized the Coronado High School Softball Team for their appearance at the state tournament. The Lady Mustang Softball Team left an indelible mark on the history books this year by winning their 19th straight district title, making their 19th straight appearance in the play-offs, and making the team's first-ever appearance in the semi-final round of the UIL State Softball Tournament. The team advanced further than any other Coronado softball team.
Trustees also honored eight teams from Lubbock ISD that qualified for the Destination Imagination state meet and three of those successfully punched their tickets for the Global Finals. More than 100,000 students across the U.S. and in 30 foreign countries participate each year in DI. The following schools advanced to the state tournament: Cavazos Middle School, Hutchinson Middle School, Miller Elementary, the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders and three teams from Waters Elementary. Teams advancing to the Global Finals included Hutchinson Middle School, Miller Elementary and Waters Elementary.