VISD superintendent gets 9.5 percent raise

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

March 29, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

Superintendent Robert Jaklich received a 9.5 percent raise after his annual review conducted by the Victoria school district board of trustees.

The raise, which was approved March 20, amounts to a $23,866 increase over Jaklich's former base salary of $251,220 a year.

Tami Keeling, VISD school board president, said the trustees want to keep Jaklich in Victoria.

"We needed to get him up to a competitive rate," Keeling said.

The superintendent was also granted a three-year contract extension, which would end after the 2019-20 school year.

"I am extremely honored that the board has put this much trust in where we are going as a school district," Jaklich said. "Between the school board, faculty and staff, we have made tremendous inroads."

Highlights from the superintendent's past year at the helm of VISD include aligning the district's curriculum between campuses and across grade levels, the switch to a seven-period day at the high schools, the implementation of House Bill 5 and the district's appeal of the Texas Education Agency's accountability rating, Keeling said.

"He is a high-caliber superintendent," Keeling said. "We're light-years from where we were 18 months ago."

Jaklich appealed VISD's accountability rating of "Improvement Required" after realizing the district would have met standards if it had not been for a glitch in the way the state calculated one of the four measured areas - the Closing the Achievement Gap.

Despite his efforts, the state denied VISD's request.

"We've made sure that it's not going to happen again this next school year," Jaklich said. "We're very proud to be a part of the process to make the system more equitable and effective as far as rating districts and campuses go."

Bernard Klimist, VISD school board vice president, said he approved the raise because of the superintendent's direct nature when it comes to addressing problems.

"His communication with the public has been outstanding," Klimist said. "When we hired him, we said that if he did what we wanted, that we could be competitive for his end of it, and he has done everything we've asked, and we've lived up to our commitment. ... We brought him up to the level that he deserves."



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