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Board approves larger raise for teachers and staff along with supplemental pay for Supt

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In May the Board heard from Superintendent Gary Dugger that he was asking for a $1200 raise for teachers and a 2% raise for all other staff. Tuesday night the Board after meeting in executive session, approved a $1500 raise for teachers and a 3% increase other staff for the 2014-15 school raise.
In other business the Board took action or heard reports on the following items: {{more}}
  • by unanimous consent approve the re-election of Joe Taylor as President, Janet Adams as Vice-President and Rhonda Barnes as Secretary.
  • after meeting in executive session approved $5000 supplemental pay for Superintendent Dugger for additional unidentified assigned duties.
  • heard from Associate Superintendent Rick Edwards who confirmed that he was the finalist for the position of superintendent of schools at Fairfield ISD and should start next month. Edwards who started at Kennedale High School as principal in 2001 before moving up to the central office as Associate Superintendent, thanked the Board, both present and past, along with Mr. Dugger, the administrative staff, the faculty and staff and the parents of KISD.
  • recognized retired board member Lori Glovier with a plague for her 10 years of service including her leadership in the last major bond election.
  • received the final report from Kennedale High School principal Rita Pintavalle on the Lone

    Star Cup results which showed that Kennedale High School had finished in 3rd place in Class 3A this year. Kennedale completed in 19 of the 22 events that were scored in the Lone Star Cup. The events include academic, arts and athletic competitions. Kennedale High School finished in 2nd place last year.

  • received a recognition from the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) for allowing Mrs. Pintavalle to serve as TASSP president for the coming year. As state president she will be traveling across Texas, speaking and consulting with school districts around the state as well as representing Texas at national events.
  • approved bids for the random purchase of fine arts equipment, library books, instructional/office supplies and equipment and the purchase of janitorial supplies and equipment;
  • approved an agreement for a employees benefit cooperative through Region 11 Education Service Center.
  • received a final enrollment report that showed an overall drop of 24 students from the last day 2013 to the last day of 2014. Last year’s report had shown a growth of 42 students over the year prior.
  • heard a summary report from the student extracurricular activity drug testing program for KHS students that showed 1028 students were tested during the school year with six testing positive and one who tested positive multiple times. The program is mandatory for all students participating in extracurricular activities and is voluntary for all other students. Students are tested at the beginning of the year with random testing conducted throughout the year. Testing positive can lead to suspension from all extracurricular activities for the year as well as discipline as outline in the student code of conduct. Last year 1005 students were tested with 5 students testing positive.
The Board also took action on several items but no details were provided. These included the monthly financial report, bills payable, the report of the tax assessor collector and student code of conduct.

The next meeting of the Kennedale School Board is set for July 24 with a possibility of a ?call meeting? early in the month to review and approve new hires before the last official day of resignations which occurs the week of July 11.

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