Letters to the editor

Editor, the Advocate:

After reading Wednesday’s Victoria Advocate, I knew I had to say something. In the story it said that school board heard from the planning task force on the school bond issues. The task force opted for a 3-cent tax increase for teacher pay increases. At no time at the table of nine citizens which sat with me at the community meetings, did we ever discuss pay increases. This whole meeting process was a farce. At no time did the school board plan on using any information collected at these two meetings. Misleading information was given.

Mr. Sheppard was talking about needing money to help retain teachers, and said he had 108 vacancies right now he couldn’t fill. I raised my hand to question his statement about these vacancies. I wanted to know of the 108 positions open, how many were due to wages. He said they weren’t taking questions from the floor. Also I tried to ask if Stroman’s building was structurally sound. I didn’t get recognized until the round table, when it took me several attempts to get an answer. And the answer was “Yes” Stroman is structurally sound. So why tear down a building that is sound?

Do things need to change in Victoria? Yes they do. But doing it in such a backhanded way is wrong.

David Murray, Victoria

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Tim Foerster

Sorry you were used that way Mr. Murry. It's a wonder you weren't shown the door for not toeing the company line...

Rick Dockery

Don't forget that the raises are contingent on a voter tax increase. If the voters say no, then staff or wages will be cut. Shady

HR Mallory

VISD has the money to provide a teacher pay raise for the next two years right now however without some budgeting changes it’s not sustainable after that.

The decision coming up to the board is whether to decrease the Interest and Sinking (Can’t pay salaries from this fund) budget by 3 pennies and put an election out to the voters to increase the Maintenance and Operations (salaries paid by this fund) budget by 3 pennies. The end result is no net increase in the tax rate but VISD has moved money from one budget to another so teachers can be paid more.

I fully support the board approving this option to pay our teachers more.

Rick Dockery

I like that option

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