Rue receives raise

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Like her employees, Northwest ISD Superintendent Dr. Karen Rue will also receive a 2-percent salary increase.

Trustees approved granting the district’s leader the same compensation hike it approved for other faculty and staff during budget planning last month.

Her new salary as of July 1 is $252,144.

“We enjoyed reviewing the year together as a team,” trustee Devonna Holland said. “So many phenomenal things were accomplished under Dr. Rue’s leadership, and I thank her and the entire district staff for all of the hard work that went into so many different aspects and success of our district.”

In January, Rue’s contract was extended through June 2017. She joined the district in 2005.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, we are lucky to have you,” board member Josh Wright told Rue.

In other news:

Trustees also:

  • authorized the superintendent to obtain the easements needed for drainage, water and sewer service in the construction of V.R. Eaton High School. Site and utility work is slated to begin early next month.
  • approved loaning five portable buildings to West ISD for two years as they restore and repair the damages caused from a fertilizer explosion in April. “Our hearts go out to the entire West community – the students, the staff and the parents,” Rue said. “We stand united as a support system of educators, and we want to be able to help in any way we can.”
  • accepted $304,740.50 in public purpose gifts to the district. In addition to Northwest Education Foundation grants, NISD schools in Wise County also received $492 from the PTA for Snacks for Testing at Chisholm Trail Middle School; $8,800 for a sound system at the Northwest High School athletic training room; and $375 from the PTA for field day at Prairie View Elementary.
  • renewed a contract with JPI Specialty Services for workers compensation and Alamo Insurance Group for specific retention. Kitty Poehler, executive director of personnel services, reported that the district has paid $92,961 in claim reserves in the last 10 months through the self-funding modality adopted last July. Last year, NISD paid Deep East Texas $295,000 in premiums to administer the worker’s compensation plan and $134,220 in additional premiums. “The self-funding program has allowed the district to build reserves and avoid paying excessive premiums,” Poehler said.
  • approved the community-based accountability system presented at the board’s April 22 meeting.
  • renewed the student insurance policy with Bene-Marc for voluntary, low-cost coverage for students who participate in interscholastic sports including band, cheerleading, student coaches, trainers and managers. The annual premium cost remained at $4,285.
  • extended one year services agreement with O’Donnell’s for landscaping and with Durham School Services for transportation. The agreement with Durham includes a 1.5 percent CPI (Consumer Price Index) increase.
  • heard reports from the departments of special education, health/physical education/athletics and construction. School officials noted that the Cosmetology Academy at Steele Accelerated High School has been completed.

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