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Gladewater ISD hopes to again give employee raises

By Christina Lane
Feb. 21, 2012 at 1:14 p.m.

Preliminary figures show Gladewater ISD will most likely be able to unfreeze salaries and have a balanced budget in 2012-13, Superintendent J.P. Richardson said Tuesday.

The school district froze salaries one year ago as it prepared for state budget cuts that slashed billions of dollars from public education in Texas. Despite contending with another $518,785 in cuts in 2012-2013, Richardson said the district is prepared for the reductions and still expecting to be able to unfreeze salaries. The school board has not finalized its 2012-2013 budget yet.

"This is something we are very proud of," Richardson said. "The board has worked diligently on the budget."

The district will continue to monitor positions that become available and see if any can be eliminated through attrition, Richardson said. There are no planned reductions in force, he said.

The expectation that salaries will be unfrozen is largely because of extensive planning the school board did a year ago, he said. Last year, Gladewater ISD came up with a number of cost-saving measures, including reducing the number of local leave days from five days to two days - a move that saved about $168,000, offering early resignation incentives to staff, freezing salaries, and Richardson himself reducing his $131,250 salary by 5 percent.

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