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Henderson ISD invites early resignations

By Christina Lane
Dec. 14, 2011 at 11 p.m.

Between Jan. 5 and Feb. 29, Henderson ISD employees can submit their resignations early and receive a bonus.

The Henderson ISD school board on Tuesday night approved offering an early resignation stipend to employees, Director of Human Resources Stacey Sullivan said Wednesday.

The stipend will be $500 for professional employees and $250 for hourly employees, including paraprofessionals and auxiliary staff. The money will be given pending the employees completing the school year at Henderson ISD, she said.

"We will evaluate those positions as they become available and look at needs of the campus and the needs of our students to determine if we need to fill position or not," she said. "We will lose another $1.3 million in funding for 2012-13 school year. We feel like we're in good shape, but we always want to do what is best for our students and to run the district efficiently."

Sullivan said this is the same stipend the school district offered a year ago. At that time Henderson was among the first school districts in East Texas to offer the stipend, before most school districts realized just how much money they would be losing after the legislative session.

Dozens of other East Texas school districts started offering stipends in late winter and early spring with some districts, such as Kilgore ISD, offering up to $10,000 as an incentive to resign early.

Neither last year's nor this year's stipends at Henderson are directly tied to state budget cuts, but are being offered more to help district administrators plan, she said.

"When you know with some advanced notice who will not be returning, you can make much better decisions about what positions you want to keep and what positions to eliminate," Sullivan said.



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