Northwest ISD trustees say they are blessed to have the leadership of Superintendent Karen Rue.
At the school board’s June 23 meeting, the board approved to boost the superintendent’s pay and reward all other NISD employees with the same 3 percent raise for the 2014-15 school year.
For Rue, that means her base salary, which kicked in on July 1, will be $259,708 a year. Her previous salary was $252, 144.
Northwest Trustees recently rewarded faculty and employees with a three-percent raise for the 2014-15 school year.
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"The board is proud to honor Dr. Rue by revising her contract," school board President Josh Wright said. "She is truly an exceptional leader. Not only in our district but throughout the state. NISD is blessed to have the leadership of Dr. Rue."
Rue also has received extra job security this year. Back in January, Trustees provided Rue with a contract extension through 2018. "She did receive a pay increase—the same standard three-percent raise all NISD employees received based on the midpoint," said Emily Conklin, the district’s communication director. "Her term was not considered in this revision because that happens in January."
Two years ago, Rue received the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award honoring the most outstanding superintendent in the north Texas region. Rue, who has been the superintendent since 2005, has managed the district during its most rapid period of growth. Northwest will open its third comprehensive high school in 2015 and continues to expand academic programs tailored to students varying interests through its Steele Accelerated High School and its growing list of special career-based academies.
Also at the meeting, Trustees approved a $161.3 million general fund budget and a tax rate of $1.4525 per $100 of assessed property value for the 2014-15 school year. The tax rate remained the same as 2013-14, but taxpayers could have a slightly higher bill. The tax bill for the average home of $190,464 is projected to go up by about $220 for a total tax bill of $2,766.48.
Trustees also approved the hiring of two new directors: Kyle Seipp was named the new director of college and career readiness and Jamie Farber the new director of counseling.
Seipp has recently served at the University of Texas at Austin at the Institute of Public School Initiatives. Previously, he was a high school math teacher and coach at Northwest High School between 2005 and 2010. The director of college and career readiness is a new position in the district. Seipp will oversee the development, implementation, assessment and continuous improvement of programs aimed at increasing student access to post-secondary education and employment opportunities.