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m[llllligOl II .U.UILIIL IU Ulmlllmmmm Page 4A NEWS Hays Free Press * March 23, 2011 + STAFF REPORT HAYS COUNTY SUPIi~IN11ENDEN]" SALARIES Texas Governor Rick Perry an- gered many educators last week when he blamed bloated admin- istrative budgets on the financial woes facing state schools. "The lieutenant governor, the speaker and their colleagues am not goingto hire orfire one teach- er, as best as I can tell," Perry said. Hays CISD Superintendent Ieremy Lyon disagrees. "He's absolutelywrong," Lyon countered. "The reason that Name ~laW Star8 Rank~ Population Jen~cny Lyon $179,900 118 15,325 Mard Herrick $151,500 192 4,490 Dwain York $120,500 373 2,009 Patdcia Sharer $81,340 889 7,417 not a matter of poinling fingers, it's a matter of coming up with solutions to protect future gen- erations of Texans." Overall, Hays CISD spent $2.78 million on administra- tive costs in the 2008-09 school year, representing 2.5 percent of we're in this mess is because of all funds and 2.9 percent of the a~flawed funding formula and a district's general fund, for an av- recession that has not yielded erage of $201 per.student. That's the revenue expectations that well below the state average of it was supposed to yield. It's just $266 per student, and it's shrunk Pay pot pupil Dlsb'lct $11.74 Hays CISD $33.74 Dripping Spdngs $59.98 Wimbedey $I 0.97" San Mamos in the last decade as the student body has grown. In the 2001-02 school year, Hays spent $295 per student on administrative costs. Lyon's annual salary of $179,900 amounts to $12 for each of the district's 15,325 students. His pay per student is the sixth lowest of the 30 major central Texas school dis- tricts, and about the 70th low- est in more than 1,100 districts across the state. Hays ClSD Layoffs: The ax is falling Continued from pg. 1A in this together." expects to have about 700 more in the last ten years, local The proposal cuts 31 class- students next year, that won't re- property owners have footed an room teachers, 51 out-of-class- sult in any actual teacher layoff~, increasing share of the school room teaching posilions indud- "We're just going to absorb bill. A decade ago, local taxes ing 18 instructional strategists, those positions that under a nor- covered 50 percent ofschool op- 18 campus technologists, and 16 malyear we would be hiring for," elating budgets across the state; interventionists, 15 custodians, Lyon said. that number has risen to about two attendance officers and 5.5 The budget proposal also in- 63 percent in the last ten years. central office positions, includ- cludesanumberofnon-person- For that mason, Hays Sdaool ing the director of librarians, nel cuts, such as reducing district BoaidPresidentPattiX~xxtsaidshe OnMonda~theboardtookthe and athletic supply budgets by would be rductant to implement a first steps to implementareduc- 10 percent, reducing the super- taxhiketoflllthebudgetgap. lion in force, making program intendenfs office budget by 32.5 "I wouldn~ be in favor of a tax changes that will cut 52 contract percent, and cutting cell phone increase right now," Wood said. instruction positions of instmc- allowances, in addition to cuts, "I'm not for adding that much lional strategists, campus tech- the board is also looking at meth- burden onto the taxpayers. nologists and interventionist~ ods to increase revenue, such as Property owners have been car- Those axed posilions will have raising facility usage fees, accept- tying the load for schools and I names on them Thursday night, ing corporate sponsorships and hope they come up with a better when the district votes not to ex- increasing daycare fees.system this session fox funding." tend contracts to the employees However, those changes don't The district estimates it could who currendy hold those jobs. have to be cemented until the generate about $4.5 million by Prindpals at individual cam- district approves its final bud- mmdngoutthetaxrateat$1.60per puses will recommend which get this summer, hopefully with $100 of property valuation, a 13- employees to cut, though the dis- a dearer understanding of how cent increase over the cunent mt~ trict hopes to rehire most or all of much money the state will be "The instructions to admin- them into classroom positions, providing. Barring a legislative istmlion were leave no stone Theboardalsoplanstoreduce meltdown resulfingin extended unturned," Lyon said. "I'm not 31 teaching positions byincreas- spedal sessions, state lawmak- advocating for a tax election on ing class size at all grade levels, ers should approve the biennial this, I'm simply presenting the However, because the district Texas budget in May. information." Continued from pg. 1A construction of transportation with campaigns based on being infxastlucture." projects, more conservative. I hope those If officials issue all[ of the $96 Sensing the debate was not weren't empty promises."million in bonds schc~duled this going her wa~fi former commis- At that, Pct. 2 Commissioner year and next, the oounty gov- sioner Susie Carter rose in court Mark Jones said, "I campaigned eminent will have $360 million andsaid,"Thisreallyisacharade on getting 1626 completed ... 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