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Thursday, October 16, 2008

BISD Board Approves $20,000 Salary Increase for Superintendent

The BISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $20,000 salary increase for Superintendent Hector Gonzales at its Sept. 23 meeting.

However, BISD Trustee Pat Lehmann had previously made a motion to approve the $20,000 salary increase with one-year contract extension for meeting his performance benchmarks. The motion was seconded by Board President Dr. Enrique Escobedo Jr., but the remaining trustees voted against it.

A subsequent motion was made by Trustee Herman Otis Powers Jr. for a $20,000 salary increase for FY 2008-09 but without the contract extension. It passed unanimously.

In October 2007, the board had also increased Gonzales' salary from $185,000 to $205,000. According to The Brownsville Herald, the raise was comparable to that given to other superintendents, which averaged a 4.6 percent statewide increase.

In 2007, the Texas Association of School Boards reported in a survey that the average superintendent salary for districts with more than 50,000 students was $263,240. BISD enrollment is more than 50,000 students.

Gonzales has been BISD superintendent since November 2006.

Former Superintendent Michael Zolkoski was hired at $195,000 a year with his salary at $208,000 when he left BISD.

To watch the Sept. 23 meeting, click here.

About the Super:

Hector Gonzales was named Superintendent of the Brownsville Independent School District, the Rio Grande Valley’s largest district, on November 1, 2006. A Valley native, Gonzales has spent 28 years as a superintendent, administrator, and teacher at schools and districts across South Texas. For over 12 years, he has held top administrative positions in Brownsville. Prior to his latest assignment, Gonzales served BISD as Assistant Superintendent of Operations. His tenure with Brownsville includes a previous role as Interim Superintendent in 2000-2001. Hector Gonzales was also Superintendent of Santa Maria ISD from 1995-1998. Administrative and teaching positions in Harlingen ISD, United ISD, and Laredo ISD are also included in his history of work.

Gonzales began his career in education as an instructor at Texas State Technical Institute and Laredo Junior College. He is a 1973 graduate of Texas A & I University in Kingsville, holds a master’s degree in education from Corpus Christi State University, and obtained his superintendent’s certification from the University of Texas-Pan American.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Commissioners Charlie Atkinson, Leo Garza and Carlos Cisneros joined Camarillo in favor of the project. Ahumada, commissioners Anthony Troiani and Ricardo Longoria did not give their approval.

"I don't necessarily know that given budget constraints and the economy, that this is the best use of our money," Troiani said.

The lease agreement covers 46 acres and is the culmination of lengthy talks between United Sports Equities, LLC of Florida. The stadium would be the home field for the Brownsville Charros, a member of United League Baseball.

Under the agreement, which is being finalized, the city would issue $7.5 million

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

Why was he given a raise? Let's look at TAKS scores since he became Super.






With the exception of Hanna, in nearly all key areas at the high school area the scores have gone down.

So even if we measure BISD based on score direction - you cannot and should not call BISD a success.

The record is mixed with a pointing downward as the norm. Hanna is the exception. But then remember it was Hanna that got BISD sanctioned for violating the rights of special education students.

If the only way you can raise TAKS scores is to ignore special education students then I call that failure.

At the high school level BISD students are dropping out at a near 50% level. Well if you ignore the special needs students thereby causing them to drop out before 11th grade, you will decrease the number of challenged students taking the TAKS. Even with this going on, overall BISD's scores are coming down.

Everyone can read the numbers themselves - I can certainly pull out numbers which support what I a saying. Someone else can pull out numbers which say I am wrong. But anyone who just looks at the numbers without spin can conclude there is a problem.

Forget about the special needs students, the dropouts, and failing students. Let's just look at those who pass. Far too many need to take remedial courses at UTB before they can take university courses. And even then 80% drop out or flunk out of UTB.

BISD is a failure - it is that simple

Bobby WC

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

The facts the ‘REAL JOURNALISTS” will not give you.

The so called “REAL JOURNALIST”, who is so superior to everyone in Brownsville he does not even need to check the facts, Brownsville’s drop out rate is because people are moving away. This certainly explains why BISD is building a new high school. That is exactly what you do when you are losing student population - you build a new high school. Clearly no bias in that analysis..

Brownsville Population Trends

2000 139,722
2005 167,493
2007 172,806


According to the “real journalist” when you have a net population increase of 33,084 people, the number of students attending your high schools will drop, thereby making it appear like you have a high drop out rate.. In response to this decrease in student population, the school district builds a new high school. I guess this is based on the new math being taught at BISD.

People, children matter - and moral people do not play politics with children. There may be legitimate reasons for certain political endorsements - but playing with readily verifiable facts as the only way to support your candidate is not what real journalists do - it is what hacks do - the thing wrong with this is, when you hide behind a so called independent blog and then call yourself a journalist.

Yes Virginia there is a new wind coming to politics. The American people have made clear - the lies and deception of the past will not longer be tolerated.

Friday, October 17, 2008  
Blogger Rob Nixon said...

$20,000 raise?

And yet my wife still has to buy most of her materials to help her kids out at Brownsville Learning Academy, her computers do not work and her classroom looks like it could use a paint job.

Of course this Superindendent resides over the same BISD administration that berates its teachers at in-services for not teaching their kids to speak English on top of getting them ready for the TAKS and their regular curriculum.

Sunday, October 19, 2008  

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