Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TONE DEAF Austin ISD gives Superintendent RAISE (while pushing bond)....

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Proverbs 11:1

This actually happened last week, but got lost in the shuffle with the Straus announcement; still:
The Austin school board Monday night approved a 1.5 percent raise and one-year contract extension for Superintendent Paul Cruz as part of the school leader’s annual evaluation.

The changes bring Cruz’s base salary to $310,958 and his contract through Dec. 31, 2020.
Keep in mind: Record Setting budgets amidst declining enrollment.

Also, keep in mind: The $310k figure only measures 'base salary.'  'Benefits' are on top of that.  We'd send an open records request for Cruz's whole compensation package, but we doubt they'd respond before election day.

Superintendent salaries tend to be a big issue statewide.  But, historically, Austin ISD has been middle of the pack on that front (especially for a large urban district).  This latest move, however, puts them among the worse offenders statewide.

Bottom Line: If this bond ultimately fails, it won't have been the opposition that gave the superintendent a raise on the first day of early voting....

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