Dr. Berhl Robertson, Jr., superintendent said, "We were hoping to provide more than a one percent pay raise, knowing our insurance was going up slightly, so we were glad the board approved this gesture to provide a little something extra for our employees right before the holidays."
In other action, the board approved the District of Innovation Plan proposed by a committee comprised of community members and two-thirds educators. The plan provides exemptions in three specific areas. The district would be able to begin school eight school days prior to the fourth Monday of August. Currently, the law allows schools to begin on or after the fourth Monday of August. This gives the district the ability to better balance the number of days in the fall and spring semesters.
The second exemption revolves around the minimum number of days students are required to attend classes and get credit when they have demonstrated mastery of the content. This provision will give the district the flexibility to explore avenues, with input from teachers, for students in extenuating circumstances.
The third exemption relates to teacher certification in specific, difficult to fill content areas: World languages, Dual Credit and CTE. For example, Lubbock ISD would like to offer courses in plumbing; however, finding a certified teacher who is also a master plumber is highly unlikely. This exemption gives the district the ability to hire a master plumber as a teacher. It also addresses the shortages in World Languages, where there is a current shortage of Spanish teachers. The exemption in dual credit addresses situations, for example, when a college professor is credentialed under a university system, but not a Texas certified public school teacher, and now could be allowed to teach a dual-credit class.
Trustees also recognized representatives of the Lubbock High School Marching Band for earning an appearance at the 5-A State Marching Band Contest in November.