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The new school year began on a very high note for the faculty and staff of Waco ISD. Students do not return to the classrooms until August 22, but for teachers and support staff alike, August 11 will be a day to remember.
To kick off the 2016-2017 school year, the district held its annual Convocation at the Waco Convention Center where 2,300 employees spent the morning getting prepared for the new school year and reuniting after a much deserved summer break.
Due to the size of the crowd, the event was split into two rooms: the support personnel met in the Brazos Room while instructional personnel met in Chisholm Hall. (Click links to watch video)
Both groups heard remarks from Waco ISD Board President Pat Atkins and both groups received ample awards and recognition. The support staff heard a speech by News Channel 25 Anchor Ann Harder while the instructional staff received incentive pay from the previous school year.
“Last fall, our school Board approved an incentive program for campuses and teachers for the third consecutive year,” Dr. Bonny Cain reminded the crowd.
“Thank you, Board for recognizing that teachers working in districts with 90 percent of its students from poverty have to work harder and much smarter than teachers working in districts with few students from poverty.”
Although the results of last year’s STAAR performance and End of Course tests had not been released, the amount of incentive pay given away was staggering.
Just for comparison, for the 2013-14 school year, the total amount of Component Two incentive pay going to Waco ISD teachers was $76,672.50. Last year, the total amount was $96,070.
This year, the total amount of incentive pay going directly to Waco ISD teachers was $151,385.00, with the highest single amount to a teacher being $ 4,050.00.
Incentive categories for individual teachers include perfect attendance, Advanced Placement scores, student performance, and longevity with the District.
When the STAAR results are released, Component Two campus incentives will be distributed to those campuses that excelled.
All employees enjoyed a catered barbeque lunch that included 575 pounds of brisket and 432 pounds of turkey.
If Waco ISD continues this upward trend, next year, this could lead to a good problem!
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