On June 11th, SEA President, Glenda Hawthorne spoke to the SISD Board of Trustees on behalf of all SISD employees concerning a pay increase for the 2013-14 school year. She asked the Board to consider giving certified staff a 2% increase and paraprofessional and auxiliary employees a 2.5% increase.
At the regularly scheduled SISD Board of Trustees meeting held on June 18th, the SISD Board of Trustees approved a $384 million dollar budget which included a pay increase of 2% for certified and 2.5% for paraprofessional and auxiliary employees.
SISD Board Member Votes Against Pay Raise
SISD Trustees approved the budget 4-1, as newly elected Trustee Hector Gonzalez voted against the budget. Board President Cynthia Najera and Trustees Paul Guerra, Angelica Rodriguez and Tony Ayub voted for it.
Gonzalez said the nation's financial problems and local property tax increases in the city might hurt residents in the coming year. "This may not be the right time to increase the tax burden of our district," he said.
Najera said the additional money will help provide the resources the district needs.
In other actions, trustees approved a pay raise for district employees for the 2013-14 school year, 4-1, with Gonzalez voting against the pay raise.
The employee compensation package includes a 2% pay increase for teachers and certified staff, and a 2.5 % pay raise for paraprofessionals and auxiliary employees.
(credit El Paso Times)
SEA OFFICERS - ELECTION NOTICE
In accordance with SEA bylaws ART. IV, Sections 1, 2, ART. V, Sections 1, 2 and ART. VI Section 1, the Election Committee called for the election of officers; President, Secretary, Treasurer and Directors (Area and At-Large).
NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION OF OFFICERS CLOSED ON MAY 20, 2013.
The following individuals were the only candidates who filed the required paperwork for the respective offices by the filing deadline:
SEA AREA DIRECTOR: El Dorado Feeder Pattern - Inez Hernandez Americas Feeder Pattern - Cindy Wilke
SEA DIRECTOR AT-LARGE Position 1 - Jan Deragisch Position 3 - Cheryl Tomczuk Position 5 - Virginia Bueno
In accordance with SEA and TSTA Bylaws and Board Policy, these candidates are declared elected.
Transition Proviso: All elections in 2013 shall be for one-year terms. The 2013-14 term shall not count against term limits. All positions shall be up for elections in 2014. This provision shall expire on July 31, 2014.
Troy Herbort - SEA Elections Committe Chairman, Dora Cooper, Yuri Soto, Elections Committee Members
TSTA ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE APPLICATION
TSTA has announced today the availability of an online membership application. This should make joining the most active and vocal Association even easier! To view the new application, here is a link: https://www.mytsta.org
BECOME A TSTA-PAC CONTINUING CONTRIBUTOR!
Is your salary important to you?
Is it important that you are covered by a good health insurance plan? Do you want to make sure that when you retire you will be able to live on your retirement benefits? If these things are important to you, then you will want to become a Continuing Contributor.
Elected officials make many of the decisions that affect your profession, especially the level of salary and benefits you receive. TSTA recognizes how important these elected officials are to your future and that is why we are involved in the political arena and have created the TSTA Continuing Contributor Program. The Program is under TSTA’s Political Action Committee.
Our Continuing Contributor Program serves as a vehicle for members who want to be involved in the political process. Through the Continuing Contributor Program they contribute money to help TSTA elect public officials who are supportive of educators and public education and will vote for salary and benefit increases. They become Continuing Contributors by contributing money either through bank draft or payroll deduction. They may also make a one-time contribution to the fund.
Because TSTA dues money cannot be used to elect public officials, we must count on our members making contributions to our Continuing Contributor Program fund. We need every TSTA member to do his or her part and give to our Continuing Contributor fund. Click here to download a new Continuing Contributor form. Fill it out, attach a voided check and send it to TSTA-PAC, 316 W. 12th St., Austin, TX 78701. Please do it today!
If you would like to support TSTA’s efforts to increase your salary and benefits, become a Continuing Contributor or give a one-time contribution. Write to Continuing Contributor Program, TSTA-PAC, 316 W. 12th St., Austin, TX 78701; call 877-ASK-TSTA, ext. 1257; or send an email to Claire Moore
President Hawthorne's PAC statement can be viewed here.
SEA Office - 1510 N. Zaragoza, Suite A-3
You are always welcome to stop by and visit YOUR office. TSTA staff, Gonzalo Becerra and SEA full-time release President, Glenda Hawthorne will be "out and about" making building visits and talking with SEA members at SISD's various worksites. Our phone number at the office is 849-9925.
NEA MEMBER BENEFITS - MAKING MEMBERS' LIVES BETTER