Sutherland for Schools blog
This workshop is to do more work on the bond. Staff is hoping for a vote on the TRE at the regular meeting on August 15th. The agenda proposes a vote on both the TRE and the bond proposals.
Readers will recall that TEA notified the district in October 2016 that four of our IR schools were unable to submit satisfactory turn-around plans to TEA. As a consequence, FWISD was in danger of having the government of the district taken over by a board of mangers, having alternative management inserted to these four schoolsl, or closing of the campus.
Some months ago, the board voted to hire a planning firm to put together a bond proposal. Progress has been slow as word leaked out that our Facilities Committee (then chaired by Matt Avila, our trustee who runs a construction company) was assembling a $1.9 billion collection of expenditures, including unneeded classrooms and such amenities as dance theaters and black-box theaters. Additional classrooms were proposed for a number of high schools, including Western Hills and Southwest, both of which have significant vacant space already
I will be taking some time off in July but will be back in August full force.
Yesterday I attended the district's celebration event for our substitutes. Here is one place where staff has made progress. The substitutes I talked with say the situation is getting worse. Maybe we need to have a teacher/substitute sick-out day.
These five individuals, and their increased salaries, are;
Someone posted on the CIA blog that there would be two more staff in communications so I thought I would check.
I received the disturbing comment re mishandling of sick leave. I will post staff's response when they send it (typically about 10 working days--sometimes less).
I have been told by a FWISD employee that we can only use 10 days of sick leave in a row, then our pay is stopped until we return to work. EVEN if they have more sick days. This happened to someone I know. Once they returned to work, they checked used her sick days and then paid her up to date. She went a few months with no check. She was told there are too many people having babies, using their sick leave up, then quitting and the district has overpaid them and they can't get their money back. She told the policy changed two years ago. I called HR and tried to verify the policy and was not given a clear answer...which likely means this is true. Can you clarify?
Our huge list of unfilled absences is improving, thanks to some serious publicity and hiring from Chief of HCM Cynthia Rincon and staff Rosabel Jimenez. While in previous years the number of unfilled slots was increasing dangerously, this year was a dramatic turn-around--AND--we awarded $300,000 in bonus pay to responsive substitutes. The improvement is clear based on historical April data:
There will be public comment (FINALLY getting this straight and also properly listing our get-togethers as "Meetings" wherever there is discussion on any topic.