The Waxahachie ISD trustees unanimously approved a salary increase for WISD employees for the 2013-2014 school year. 

“These adjustments were made to provide competitive salaries with other area districts,” Interim Superintendent David Truitt said.

The raise includes a $1,200 per year increase for all staff levels. In addition to the flat increased amount, there will be an additional 2 percent at mid-point. 

The increase will raise the district’s payroll by an estimated $1,959,928 said Deputy Superintendent of Finance Teresa Thomas. 

“With this increase, we will have a balanced budget for 2013-2014. Even if the revenues from decreased property values are lowered, we have a contingency to keep our budget balanced,” Thomas said.

“This gets us closer to the current market salaries of neighboring districts,” WISD Director of Human Resources Magda Hernandez said.    

Members of the board also unanimously approved increased employee salary schedules. 

WISD employees did not receive an increase for the 2012-2013 school year. During the 2011-2012 year, the district approved a one-time $1,000 payout to the district’s staff.

Two assistant principal positions were unanimously approved by the trustees. Truitt recommended Kimberly Wilson 

to fill an assistant principal position at Waxahachie High School. Wilson comes to Waxahachie from the Jacksonville ISD. Prior to Jacksonville, she was at Lewisville ISD. 

“She is very excited about coming back to the Metroplex area and being a part of our district,” High School principal Brad Burns said.

Katrina Lemon will fill the open assistant principal position at Clift Elementary. Last year Lemon was at Eddie Finley Junior High.

No action was taken on an agenda item to name an assistant principal for Howard Junior High. 

The board approved raising the price of school lunches by 10 cents. Elementary lunches will be $2.25 and secondary lunches will increase to $2.50.

“These increases are federally mandated,” Truitt said.

A consideration to approve an architectural fee from Huckabee Architectural was postponed until the next board meeting. The $66,670 request for fees for the secured entrance project was delayed until the board could meet with Huckabee representatives.

Two proposals were considered for the third-party evaluation of the Turner Gym wall stabilization. The third-party option was approved by the trustees after conflicting opinions as to the repairs were raised.

The trustees asked Truitt to meet with Sparks Engineering and Renate Woods Engineering to do an assessment of the building. Sparks is asking for $3,500 for their assessment while the Woods proposal is $2,500.

“Sparks services would include a single site visit with observations of the damaged areas, limited bore scope investigation and review of previous reports. They will develop written opinions, and recommendations regarding the major structural issues,” Truitt said.

“This is an assessment only, not a cure for the problem. We are hoping we can show them what Upright Foundation Repair is suggesting and see if they will tell us if it will work or not,” Truitt said.

After meeting with the two firms, Truitt will make the selection for the structural opinion of the Turner gym.  

“We are on a tight timeline and we have to have this right,” Truitt said.