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August 17, 2012

Administrative costs, positions cut from PAISD budget

— At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Port Arthur Independent School District highlighted several changes to the proposed 2012-13 budget after the school board expressed some concerns during the first workshop.

More than $900,000 in administrative costs were eliminated from the first draft of the budget, including 15 positions, some of which had never been filled originally. Approximately $350,000 was cut after seven teacher positions were eliminated.

Superintendent Johnny Brown was careful to point out to the board that all of these positions were eliminated by either retirement or rearrangement, not termination.

“This budget proposal does not layoff any current, permanent contract employees,” he said. “I'm very proud of that. By and large it's a good budget, in my opinion.”

PAISD is losing approximately $1.5 million in federal stipends this year. Most of that money went toward $1,500 district stipends for employees with doctorate degrees last year.

The district is still proposing to give the doctoral stipends this year, but will now take the money out of the general fund, which was routine before the federal stipend was granted. The decision met numerous question from the board.

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