Round Rock ISD School Superintendent Jesus Chavez, who was already raking in $252,875 per year plus benefits, will not feel the effects of the Obama economy. It seems that the Round Rock school board voted last night to give him an $8,000 per year raise; including his lavish benefits, taxpayers will provide Chavez with well over $300,000 per year.
Perhaps the raise was out of gratitude for overseeing the RRISD's drop from being a 'Recognized' district to becoming 'Academically Acceptable.' One of the most glaring problems in the ISD is the new Cedar Ridge High School: a nearly $100 million dollar state-of-the-art campus complete with a coffee bar for students, but an academically unacceptable rating. The school has been very much in the news since woefully inept calculations on the part of Chavez' administration led to overcrowding at CRHS and forced the board to impose yet another painful redistricting on the parents and children of Round Rock.
The Round Rock school board seems to be moving ever further from listening to the needs of the whole community. Rather than answering to the electorate, it looks like they answer to the Superintendent they hired. Despite the public outcry about the redistricting, certain board members expressed outrage that anyone would even dare to question the administration's plan. After all, they know what's best for kids, not these stupid parents. Shoot, these parents don't even have a PhD in Education; what can they possibly know about children?
By the way, taxpayers will still be on the hook for Superintendent Chavez' retirement for years to come. This raise ups his average salary and will ensure that his retirement is very, very comfortable.
Just another reason it is high time to hold our Texas School Districts financially accountable.