Gainesville Daily Register


February 13, 2011

GISD approves resignation notification incentive

Gainesville — Gainesville Independent School District board of trustees discussed and then approved by a 6-0 vote the voluntary and early resignation incentive agreement, with a $4,000 incentive payment, for the first 40 qualified district employees.

GISD Human Resources Director Lisa Suttle presented the “Voluntary Resignation and Early Resignation Notification Incentive Agreement,” to the board during a special meeting called Friday at noon.

The agreement is spelled out in a four-page document and those who choose to participate in the program must notify the Human Resources office and execute a voluntary exit agreement by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.

Qualifying positions for the incentive payment program are teacher, librarian, nurse, counselor, principal, assistant principal and central office director/coordinator/specialist.

GISD Board President Phil Adams said the purpose behind the resignation and incentive agreement is to receive early notification, to find out which employees won’t be here for the next school year.

The letter summarizing the advanced notification of resignation incentive reads: “The incentive payment program allows the district an earlier opportunity to begin forecasting the salary and benefit components of the 2011-2012 budget while affording the employee an incentive for notifying the district of his or her plan earlier than normal. Additionally, the program provides campuses extra planning time for staffing, planning teaching assignments and preparing course offerings for students.”

Teachers can resign up to 45 days before the school year starts.

Suttle confirmed the district needs to know as soon as possible to plan for the next school year.

“It’s necessary for us to determine the staffing positions that we are going to need and based on all the budget cuts, obviously it’s going to be necessary for school districts across the state of Texas to reduce their personnel costs as 85 percent of the budget is based on personnel, for us to make a difference and reduce our budget and meet the needs based on the reductions from the state, personnel is the easiest way to do that,” Suttle said. “We want to be able to make the decisions, what positions we’ll have next year and who will staff those positions and to do that, we need to know which of our employees are going to be here with us next year and that will help us to determine what positions are reduced.”

Adams asked for an estimate of how many employees may be included in the reduction.

“Based on the $1.2 million we are going to need (for the budget cut), we’re going to be looking anywhere from 25 to 30 or more positions,” Suttle said. “It may be more than that.”

Adams explained the district has about 64 to 65 teachers that are on probationary contracts.

“Rather than not renew those contracts, which is the only way we have to cut at this time, by putting this incentive plan in, that will keep us from having to do a non-renewal on all of them and then try to hire them back,” Adams said. “It will help these people know that they will have a job. That’s why we’re doing this. What it will really do is give us an indication or help us keep the good teachers that we have without laying them off and then hiring them back.

“If these people are going to be leaving, this is an incentive for them to tell us now...rather than just carte blanche laying off 64 people.”

Adams said the agreement is not just for retirees but also for the people who are moving to another district, taking a job somewhere else, or making other plans.

Suttle said the earlier notification will help in planning and be a benefit to the principals to know who they have to talk to and how to plan their master schedules.

Suttle said instead of a letter of resignation, an employee would sign the agreement and it will be approved by the superintendent.

There is a revocation period to the agreement that for a period of seven days following the execution of the agreement in which the employee may revoke the agreement by delivering a written letter expressing their intent to revoke the agreement to the superintendent of schools.

The agreement also includes clauses for rehire limitation and participation in the group health benefits.

During the meeting trustees discussed the incentive amount from between $2,000 and $4,000 and what amount other districts are offering before taking a vote.

Board member Mary Hunter made a motion to set the incentive amount at $4,000 and board member Will Presson seconded the motion for the 6-0 vote.

During the meeting, GISD Interim Business Manager Tom Zimmerer also addressed the board on some points. Zimmerer gave board members a budget update during Monday’s regular meeting, informing them of the budget situation and the need to make cuts.

Following the vote, trustees went into executive session but took no action and made no comment following the session in which they were scheduled to discuss personnel matters.

Board member Tommy Moore was not present at the meeting.

Text Only
  • Welders It's a weld off

    Student welders were recognized and awards were handed out at
    Wednesday’s Spring 2012 “Weld Off” ceremony at North Central Texas

    May 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • swing Swing school coming to NCTC

    “Deep within my heart lies a melody…” Young musicians who get excited
    when they hear the unique sounds that go along with these famous song
    lyrics will head for North Central Texas College again this summer for
    the third annual Big Texas Swing School.

    May 16, 2012 1 Photo

  • More Winners Spelling bee winners move on to district elimination round

    The Gainesville Independent School District will bring together the top three spelling bee winners from W.E. Chalmers Elementary, Robert E. Lee Intermediate, and Gainesville Middle schools by hosting a district spelling bee at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Gainesville Administration Building.

    January 22, 2012 1 Photo

  • GMS starts Chess Club

    There are a variety of new clubs and organizations at Gainesville Middle School to expand the minds of these young students and the GMS Chess Club is doing just that.

    January 3, 2012

  • 10-31 Thompson.jpg Local schools challenge state finance system

    Era and Valley View independent school districts recently joined the 150 other school districts in the Austin-based Equity Center that have filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas for financial reasons, and at least two other school district boards in Cooke County plan to discuss this matter during their November board meetings.

    October 31, 2011 1 Photo

  • 10-30 Leeper Lake Trip .JPG Lee students learn at Leeper Lake

    The Gainesville Independent School District Foundation funded an opportunity for 225 fifth-grade students at Robert E. Lee Intermediate School to spend one day at Leeper Lake, which provided each student with an outdoor learning environment to enhance the information taught in the classroom.

    October 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • edison teacher 1.jpg Preparation key to success, GISD teachers say

    Parents often prepare for the first day of school as much as their kids do.
    Getting ready for a new school year can be exciting for everyone involved.

    August 21, 2011 1 Photo

  • 8-14 Chalmers-Christina.jpg Chalmers ready to start new school year

    With the beginning of Gainesville Independent School District’s academic year just a little over a week away, each campus has its own focus for the months ahead and W.E. Chalmers Elementary School is no exception.

    August 14, 2011 1 Photo

  • TEA releases school ratings

    The Texas Education Agency’s release of state accountability ratings Friday indicated two Cooke County school districts with an “exemplary” status.

    July 30, 2011

  • 6-26 glancy.jpg GISD adminstration staff revamped

    The Gainesville Independent School District not only has a new superintendent, but the administrative staff is undergoing a shake-up.

    June 26, 2011 1 Photo

Featured Ads

What are your plans for the upcoming vacation season?

Stay close to home.
Take the trip of a lifetime.
See more of the fabulous sites in Texas.
Haven't decided.
     View Results
Twitter Feed
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale CDC Addresses Lab Safety Problems Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Mass. Mayor: Families Lost Everything in Fire Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup'
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide