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Superintendent declines salary increase
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING -- Coldspring- Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District trustees voted in a budget work-shop to rescind a salary increase offered earlier this year to Superintendent LaTonya Goffney. Goffney requested the retraction. She said, “I cannot accept a raise when some COCISD employees could soon be without a job or be asked to work fewer days, thereby incurring a pay cut.” COCISD - like all Texas public schools - is reducing employee positions and other budget line items. Reductions result from the State legislature’s intention to hack about $10 billion from the education budget by over the next biennium. Locally, cuts could mean a loss of $1 million to $2.7 million of the District’s $14 million budget. Trustees originally offered Goffney a raise at her annual evaluation in January. When becoming fully aware of the State’s cost cutting plan, she asked trustees to modify terms of the new contract and rescind the pay increase. COCISD named Goffney superintendent in 2008 and she has not had a raise since then because of local budget constraints. Making $20,000 less than the average salary of superintendents in a 3A district, Goffney initially accepted the proposed $5,000 pay increase due to improvement in the District’s fi scal condition.