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Aledo ISD board of trustees approve budget-cut plan that will reduce teaching staff, adjust salaries

March 9, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

Action saves academic, special programs across district

In a gut-wrenching, emotional decision, Aledo ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan Tuesday morning in a special meeting that lasted an hour and 15 minutes to help ease the budget for the 2010-11 school year that could possibly cut 15 teaching positions and reduce teaching salaries across the board by five percent, but will also save academic and special programs in the district.

The district – which has received a superior financial rating by independent auditors for the past 10 years – needed to make the reductions and adjustments due to a state-mandated cap on maintenance and operations budgets.

Trustees opted for the “Reduction in Force” option for two reasons: To save academic programs and lessen the reduction of teaching positions that could be cut.

The other option – called “financial exigency” – could have cut up to 56.25 teaching positions without the across-the-board salary scale adjustments (reduction) but would have also cut academic and special programs.

The Reduction in Force option will still leave the district at a deficit of $453,468 (based on $1.04 M&O tax rate) for 2010-11, but the district would see that figured erased and advance to the plus side of the financial ledger if voters approve a tax ratification election (tax rollback election) that will be called in either late August or early September.

“This is a painful process,” Aledo ISD superintendent Don Daniel said to close the meeting. “Hopefully, the community will get behind us and pass the tax roll back election (in November) and make it less painful on everyone.”

The required 15 positions to be cut is not a solid figure. As of this morning that figure was cut to 14 with a teacher informing the district of retirement, and the number could also be reduced with more retiring teachers or teachers who move on to other districts.

Daniel said he would produce a list of teachers affected by the reduction/attrition of the plan at the regular March 23 board meeting.

Comments

LET'S READ BETWEEN THE LINES

March 16, 2010 by Roger March, 4 years 36 weeks ago
Comment: 12

After reading about Aledo ISD cuts I found it very interesting. Let’s start off by saying it’s nice to see that Politics & Athletics has basically survived unharmed. Interesting that it was decided to cut teachers & the already low pay of the remaining teachers. I thought the job of the ISD was to educate kids. Sports & other programs second. I see I was wrong. Ever thought of cutting sports programs that can’t be practiced on campus. Or maybe combine programs. Or was the cut jobs & salaries just a quick fix scare tactic. I also find it interesting that something is always being said about the low pay of the teachers, but nothing is ever said about the pay of the principals & superintendant. Moving on TAX ROLL BACK. This is NO ROLL BACK. Not for Aledo. There is no way you can roll back taxes & come out ahead. This just another way of trying to get the money back that they were counting on from the bond that was shot down. (See Mr. Daniel, we still are not stupid) The fact is that the school board & superintendant were counting on something they did not have speaks volumes. The problem is now; education & tax payers are the ones that are going to pay for their mistake. Let’s hope they have now been to school themselves & learned. For more information on TAX ROLL BACK go to the state web site http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/ptaxrate.html

Questions

March 10, 2010 by crt511, 4 years 37 weeks ago
Comment: 11

Why they are talking about releasing some of the 320 teachers instead of the some of the 181 administrative positions? According to TEA, Aledo teachers average salary is $48,ooo but administrators average salary is over $69,000. Why not look at cutting administrative salaries?

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, December 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Birdville, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Springtown, Freshmen 5:30 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Freshmen and JV at Mineral Wells Invitational

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Weatherford New Car Dealers Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fort Worth Cowtown Classic

Tuesday, December 9

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville at Aledo High School, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Thursday, December 11

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Decatur Tournament

Monday, December 15

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Southwest at Aledo High School, B 5 p.m., A 5 p.m. and JV 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at Aledo High School, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Friday, December 19

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, A 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, Freshmen 6:30 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 8 p.m., *District Game

Monday, December 29

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Moritz Auto Group Holiday Classic, Aledo

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fibermax Caprock Classic, Lubbock

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