The Italy ISD board of trustees approved two proposals Monday night in a called session to reduce personnel costs for the 2011/2012 budget.

The first proposal, unanimously approved by the trustees, is to freeze all salaries for the 2011/2012 school year.

The second approved motion is to offer an incentive of 20 percent of total salaries to teachers with 15 or more years of service who wish to resign. The window of opportunity for this option is 4 p.m. March 21. The motion includes the clause that probationary teachers do not qualify for this incentive.

Tommy Morrison voted against the second motion.

The board met at 6 p.m. and went into executive session to discuss the superintendent search with Rick Cohagan; candidate interviews will be March 22, 23 and 24.

The board reconvened into open session at 10:15 p.m. and took the budgetary action. The trustees also approved the Board of Trustees Certification Form.

After the meeting, board president Cheryl Owen told the Daily Light that trustees might not approve teacher contracts at the March meeting.

Board vice president Larry Eubank said that is the cut-off date for the teacher incentive offer – and superintendent Charles Williams wouldn’t be able to get the financial figures together in only a matter of hours.

Eubank said the board would approve teacher contracts at least 45 days before the end of the year, according to state law.

Owen said the district has not decided to cut a certain number of staff nor have there been any layoffs.