Clear Creek ISD board approves additional positions for 2019-20 school year

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With the district’s growth comes the need for more staff positions, which the Clear Creek ISD board of trustees approved April 22.

The board voted unanimously to approve an additional 30.25 full-time positions, or “units,” for the 2019-20 school year. The total cost to hire that many positions would be $1.92 million, said Casey O’Pry, assistant superintendent of human resources.

Of the 30.25 positions, 17.5 would go to the new Campbell Elementary School, which will open in August. Another eight are slated for the district’s special education program. Many other positions would be put in expanding programs and at growing schools, O’Pry said.

The district actually needs 46.25 units, but the district removed the need for 10.5 of them by shifting positions. The district did not fill 5.5 positions from the 2018-19 school year. Together, those 16 units subtracted from the 46.25 units results in the true need of 30.25 units, O’Pry said.

District officials met with teachers to find out their needs for the upcoming school year. The district began recruiting in February through various job fairs. The district started the process early to keep a competitive edge, O’Pry said.

It is likely the district will return to the board during the budgeting process to request additional units.

“We try not to ask for anything until we’re certain we need it,” O’Pry said.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

The CCISD board on April 22 also agreed to pay $243,568 for architect fees to conduct major repairs at Bay, Hyde and North Pointe elementary schools.

The cost is 6% of the total estimated cost of construction, which is $4.06 million. Bonds from 2017 will pay for the work.

Design for the repairs will continue through February with actual construction expected to begin in August 2020.

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