Dublin discusses potential bond election, Superintendent’s salary

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Assistant Superintendent Vicky Stone and Superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider at a regular Dublin school board meeting. || TheFlashToday.com file photo

 

Rachel Tuggle

TheFlashToday.com

DUBLIN (July 19, 2016) – The Dublin School Board held its monthly meeting Monday and discussed several items, including the superintendent’s salary, calling another bond election and the STAAR/EOC test results. They also approved several policies for the upcoming school year.

Instead of raising superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider’s salary, the board chose to begin putting 10 percent of his current salary into a 403b annuity retirement fund, which will begin effective Sept. 1.
The board discussed potentially trying to pass a new bond and voted to hold a public meeting about a bond on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. This meeting will be separate from the regular monthly school board meeting. If the board wishes to call for a new bond election, the decision must be made in August.
Additionally Vice Superintendent Vicky Stone discussed the results of the STAAR and EOC tests. Although not all test results are available, Stone said, though there are areas in need of improvement, she is pleased with the overall results.
“Overall it looks wonderful,” Stone said. “We are above state average in many areas.”
Schneider reported on the progress being made on the creation of the new budget, saying that it is “on track” and that “not much change is expected.” The budget will be ready in August. A public hearing for the budget and proposed tax rate will be on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.- the same time as the regular monthly school board meeting.
After spending time in closed session, the board approved the Student Code of Conduct for the 2016-2017 school year. They also approved several policies, one of which will create a paid maternity leave for teachers. Another policy adjusts the class ranking system to account for dual credit classes. A third policy was approved that will allow some teachers to be evaluated every 3 years rather than every year if they meet certain criteria.
“This is a reward for good teaching, and it takes some of the burden off our principals,” Schneider said.
The school board also approved a motion to support Dublin in its efforts to become a film friendly community.
“This is an opportunity to support the community,” Schneider said.
The next school board meeting is set for Aug. 22 at  p.m.

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