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  1. 7-3, or 8-4 with a 30 minute lunch and an off period...4 months paid vacation, 401K with matching, and free health insurance.... Its a good gig with great pay for the hours involved....PERIOD. If you extrapolate a teachers pay based on the 8 months worked its quite a bit more than a private sector job, and the skills/education/training are equal. Where do you get this information from? Matching 401K??? There is not a district on the face of Earth that I've ever seen of heard about that has anything that even closely resembles a 401K plan that matches anything (at least in Texas). If I a
  2. My wife and I ate at the Le Gourmet Bistro in Tomball this evening. This is a GREAT restaurant!!! It's located between Cherry and Commerce streets, right off of 2920 in downtown Tomball. I've been wishing to find a small, quaint restaurant that had the charm of a New England type of Inn feel (but also has the southern charm). The food and atmosphere are INCREDIBLE (the duck and lamb are out of this world). The owners are absolutely sweet and friendly-kinda makes you feel like you're eating in a living room of an old house. The website is: www.legourmetbistro.com Definitely a gem of a find!!!
  3. This concept, while somewhat compelling, still seems like a joke after having seen Virginia City, NV a few days ago.
  4. Yeah, I agree. I wonder how much of an impact that will actually make. I wonder how many kids we are actually talking about, especially considering how many major thoroughfares have to be crossed for kids to get to school in Cy-Fair ISD.
  5. Well this was bound to happen. I am glad the district had the courage to do something that will raise eyebrows. I am sure people will complain-possibly some of the same ones who said the district needed to be more budget-conscious. They've already cut out the unique compensation plan to pay teachers for professional development. This equates to a pay cut of between $250 and $450 a year starting next year. It's only fair to affect everyone. On a side note, while many districts await the decision about using stimulus money for pay raises, Katy ISD has released their 2009-2010 salary schedule whi
  6. I just watched the infamous board meeting online again and have even more understanding of the situation. It isn't good. Texas is like a horrible nightmare I wish I could wake up from. Every cent that the state is supposedly giving to districts is coming from stimulus money that shouldn't even be given in the first place. Texas is taking its own money and saving it in the "rainy day fund". According to the district officials, money for the district, mainly including the mandated $800 raise, is being replenished by stimulus money. Stimulus money is for states to keep jobs. If states have money
  7. Not sure about that. But, in any case, I would like to answer or respond to some of your points. People not in education need to be careful not to make judgments and assumptions about something they know very little. (1) Schools are primarily funded by the states through taxes. We all know that. Being that Texas does not have a state income tax, there is less money to fund schools and Texas prides itself on saving money for a "rainy day". That is what has happened. That's not a bad thing, but money that was supposed to go to education did not. Such has been the case with lottery money that ne
  8. Well, it appears as though the district is first "targeting" teachers for their budget cuts. For the sake of taxpayers holding onto $125 a year, they have now: (1) gone two years without a raise (2) increased health insurance premiums for most teachers (3) actually CUT salaries by eliminating the compensation for professional development-that is between $250 and $450 for teachers It is astonishing that the district would turn around and, after not being able to give teachers a raise, actually PUNISHING teachers by essentially cutting their salaries. They are doing much more to teachers than th
  9. Apparently they are not as seen by the latest developments. The district is going after teachers first. How convenient. But to answer the question in an idealistic manner, the business world seeks profit for itself only. Education seeks to benefit society at large and its future. If a CEO of a company lays off employees, as unfair as it is, it benefits the CEO and hurts only the employee. With education, if teachers are affected or laid off, the kids required to receive an education are hurt. (just as laying off police officers, nurses, and firefighters also hurts society).
  10. Something else just occurred to me. If the state is supposedly giving out an $800 raise to teachers (which is about a 1.5% raise on average), then why couldn't the district say they'd drop the OHE by half, give a 1.5% raise to teachers, and cut ZERO jobs? You compromise with that deal. You keep half of the OHE for what adds up to $10 a month. You give teachers a small raise which, when added to the state's $800, would equal 3%, and you secure everyone's job. With that plan, you keep everyone somewhat happy AND you secure solvency for the district over the next 3-4 years barring weird circumsta
  11. After watching it that second time, I would be willing to see teachers take either no raise again, or a minimal raise (2%) and see the OHE flushed away. It's a give-give situation that spells success in the future. You are right that boards and residents only see the here and now ramifications. 75 cuts this year means there will be cuts next year, so on and so forth. However, there is something to consider. On paper, it looks as though Klein and Tomball are doing very very well. Katy is not doing quite as well because their tax rate is HUGE. New developments in Tomball have slowed down tremen
  12. Does anyone know if being insolvent for a certain number of years results in Chapter 11? I watched the board meeting in its entirety. I understood things much better the second time around. The board had NO choice given the options, to offer no raise to teachers. This is MUCH bigger than teacher raises since all options meant job losses. Option 1: reduce the OHE by 10%, cut about 130 jobs, give a 3% raise to teachers Option 2: keep the OHE intact, cut about 130 jobs, give a 2% raise, and have a tax rise election (would never pass) Option 3: keep the OHE intact, offer no raise, cut 75 jobs. Of
  13. It's true, Mr. Football, that only 20 out of the about 1200 school districts in Texas have the exemption. Last week I posted incorrectly that CFISD was the only district in the region with the optional HE. I was wrong-Houston has one. I believe SB has one also, but I am not sure if these districts have the 20%. Tomball, Spring, and Klein do not and are upset that CFISD is able to keep theirs in such times of "distress" (and be helped, albeit barely, by the state). These districts should be upset-they should be very upset. My wife and I live in Tomball. We bought our home the day the foundati
  14. Look, we can make accusations and be sarcastic all we want. The bottom line is that this is not a fix or any attempt to solve the situation. Instead of coming up with a solution that will perpetuate over the long haul, the problem was swept under the rug. It is being reported that 75 positions will need to be cut. The number will be closer to 150 to 200 or more. Last year it was 400-450 positions. Sadly, MORE administrative positions were added (like science coaching teachers-not even sure what that means, especially considering that most hired to that position were under 30 years old-and ther
  15. It's over. The board voted 6-1 for keeping the exemption, nixing any type of teacher raise, and digging into deep budget cuts. I don't think that anyone except maybe Dan Patrick and Dr. Anthony have any idea what will happen after next year. If the board keeps the exemption now, it will keep it forever. Insolvency is a precursor to bankruptcy. Frozen salaries for several years is a precursor to not being able to make payroll. The only way to avoid those two is to make deeper and deeper cuts every year. School closures, doubling up on bus routes, and 35-40 students in a class or more will resul
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