"Van Vleck trustees give teachers, staff pay raises" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved approve a 5% raise for teachers and counselors with 6 or more years while all other staff received a 4% raise as part of the regular Monday night meeting. 
   “Plus, all staff will receive a $1,500 longevity pay check,” said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien. 
   The raises and longevity checks are due in part because of the 86th Legislative session passing House Bill 3. 
   The bill is supposed to provide more money for Texas classrooms, increase teacher compensation, reduce recapture and cut local property taxes for Texas taxpayers. 
   “Even with HB3 in place, we always review our salaries and stipends during the budget process,” said Gayle Blackmon, assistant superintendent of finance. 
   “We try to make sure that all of our employees are getting something every year. Usually, we try to give 3% every year.” 
   Trustees also approved a mold remediation bid that was awarded to Sitek Omni at a price of $58,480, and the ceiling replacement was awarded to Houston Interiors at a price of $34,600. 
   “When hail damage repairs began a month ago, mold was discovered in the sub-ceiling of the roof of E. Rudd Gym,” said O’Brien. 
   “The area affected was tested by Terracon, and it was determined that mold remediation would need to take place in the gymnasium at E. Rudd Intermediate.  
   “It was determined that this was not the result of recent hail and water damage but many years old.” 
   The project is estimated to be completed within three weeks. 
   “Of course, during and after the project Terracon will be testing the environment to make sure regulations are followed,” said O’Brien. 

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