Midway votes to cut teacher stipends

POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 3:50pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 5:09pm

WACO -- After voting against a two-tiered busing system to accommodate budget cuts Midway ISD will now cut teacher stipends.

In last night's board meeting members decided to reduce teachers hard-to-fill stipends by 50 percent for the next school year then completely by 2013 into 2014.

This will help avoid income pay cuts and will save the district almost $165,000.

"The stipends that will be cut are the hard-to-fill areas which actually aren't hard to fill anymore because of the state of education. So it's essentially paying a stipend for something that doesn't exist anymore," said Traci Marlin, Midway ISD spokesman.

The board also approved accepting more out-of-district transfer students to increase revenue because for every new student attending Midway the district receives $6,000 dollars from the state.
 

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I also have the same pet peeve, but am OK with it because I've been able to pay for wehatver areas need taken care of outside scholarship monies.As for the total amount, here's what I meant: let's say a CRHS students gets $30K a year to attend Hahhhvard ($120K total). The student reports that as $120K; they also received $40K (4-year total) at each of our five largest state schools = $200K. So they report $320K for just one student knowing that they're going to UT-Austin regardless. So even if not all scholarships are reported, I'm guessing that there are at least a couple million minimum that are reported as scholarship earnings that aren't going to be used and some aren't much more than need-based financial aid, as you mentioned above. All in all it's just a diversion to keep attention away from banning speakers, etc. among other issues that the district doesn't want people knowing/talking about.

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