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Daily Radiogram

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017 08:00 - 17:00
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Volume 32, No. 135 Thursday, July 20, 2017
Liberty ISD Pay Raises: The Liberty school board approved a pay raise for district staff during Tuesday night’s meeting that is expected to result in ¾ of a million dollars in deficit spending for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The adopted compensation plan includes a $1,550 pay increase for all teachers plus an additional $500 to $1,000 raise for educators in their first through eighth years of teaching. That Liberty ISD compensation plan also includes a 3 percent raise for all other district staff plus a few adjustments for certain jobs, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers. That comes on the heels of pay raises the past three years of 5.97 percent for teachers in 2014-15, 3 percent in 15-16 and another 3 percent last year. Julie Hebert is the Liberty school district’s chief financial officer and director of business services. During Tuesday’s meeting, she explained that the district is expecting a deficit budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year of about $242,000 before any pay rate changes. The pay raises will add an extra $531,000 to that number bringing the total deficit spending to approximately $773,000 for the coming fiscal year. That money will come from the district’s fund balance. Liberty school trustees are set to adopt the budget during next month’s meeting.
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DISD Computers: Dayton school trustees approved the purchase of 72 computers during Tuesday night’s board meeting. All Dayton ISD campus teachers are provided computers for their classrooms to help with instructional tasks. It was a year ago that the board approved the replacement of about half of the teacher computers at the high school. Tuesday, DISD Director of Technology Suzanne Chachere asked trustees for an additional 44 computers to complete the update at DHS. She also requested another 28 lab computers for Woodrow Wilson Junior High. The total cost of those 72 computers is $43,541.
**************************************************** Helping Firefighters: During the hot days of summer, firefighters can’t stock enough bottled water. Liberty Assistant Fire Chief Steven Grimm said they were lucky last year to have enough bottled water donated that they were able to share those donations with other departments. The public is urged to pick up some extra bottled water when they can and take it to the fire department that serves them. If you are uncomfortable leaving your gift at fire departments that are not manned all the time, you can drop off bottled water at the Liberty Fire Department on Lakeland Drive, and they will deliver it to your local fire station. For information, call 936-336-3922.
*Lake Release: 3,000 CFS – Liberty Bridge 9.5 ASL
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