Karnes City school board approves repairs to gym floor
by Bain Serna
Jun 01, 2013 | 1731 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – The Karnes City ISD board of trustees approved repairs to be made to the high school gym floor, as well as reviewed financial matters relating to stipends and wage increases, during the May 20 regular school board meeting.

“The high school gym floor will need sanding, repainting and recoating in the very near future,” said KCISD Business Manager Wayne Block as he addressed the board. “We’ve had a number of complaints about slipping and difficulty maintaining secure footing on the floor this year…”

District officials state that the optimum time to sand and repaint the gym floor is now, due to the old gym bleachers having been removed, and before the new ones are installed. With the boards approval, work on the gym floor will be started very soon. The work on the gym floor will add approximately $6,000 to the overall cost to the junior and high school bleacher and gym improvements.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a $4,000 yearly stipend for KCISD high school full-time math teachers.

“It has always been difficult to recruit and retain quality teachers who possess a secondary math certification,” said Superintendent Jeanette Winn.

Winn states that the difficulty in recruitment and retention of qualified math teachers has come as salary scales from surrounding districts start to become more competitive, and as the oilfield industry also continues to provide lucrative alternatives for math teachers.

The yearly stipend is meant to be an incentive to help draw and retain quality math teachers in the district.

In other financial matters, the board discussed and approved a starting wage increase for maintenance and custodial employees from $8 per hour to $11 per hour, effective immediately.

Similar to the math teacher issues of retention and recruitment, the oilfield industry continues to provide lucrative alternatives for maintenance and custodial workers. Therefore, the board approved an increase in the district’s starting wages to provide greater incentives, according to Winn.
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