Superintendent's salary, campus cop get attention at school board meeting
Two existing school district jobs and a proposed position have been focuses of attention recently at the Port Aransas Independent School District.
At a meeting Wednesday, July 18, the PAISD Board of Trustees was scheduled to discuss a raise for Superintendent Billy Wiggins. Trustees also were to talk about whether to establish a police officer's position on campus.
(News from the Wednesday meeting will be in the July 26 edition of the South Jetty.)
Trustees extended Wiggins' contract to five years in January, but they routinely do not deal at that time with the issue of salary. That matter generally is handled during summer, when trustees are making decisions about the district's overall budget.
Wiggins' current salary is about $107,000 a year. He is beginning his fifth year as PAISD's superintendent.
Also at the meeting, trustees were scheduled to discuss the possibility of establishing a position for a police officer stationed on the grounds of PAISD.
Called a "school resource officer," the officer would have the power to make arrests if needed. Like most high schools, Port Aransas High School has seen students arrested on campus from time to time, usually for misdemeanor offenses such as disorderly conduct and intoxication.
The City of Port Aransas has asked PAISD if the district would be interested in having a resource officer and splitting the salary with the city, Wiggins said. The officer would spend half the year at PAISD and half the year stationed at the beach, Wiggins said.
Another position in the spotlight recently at PAISD: The district's business manager. Olivia Mixon resigned from the slot several weeks ago.
While Mixon's resignation took place about the time that the district was starting to put its next annual budget together, the resignation did not put PAISD in a bind, according to Wiggins and Rick Adams, president of the PAISD board of trustees.
Mixon did a lot of work on the budget before she resigned, Adams said, adding that Wiggins also has a lot of experience in preparing school district budgets.
Wiggins said Mixon has continued to come in on weekends and help with the budget even after announcing her resignation.
Wiggins said the district has received applications for the business manager position from local folks and from people who live farther away. He said he hopes to begin interviews this month.