2011-11-09 / School

Christmas comes early for PISD employees

By Linda M. Hall
Pleasanton ISD Public Relations Officer

It wasn’t exactly Oprah’s favorite things, but Pleasanton ISD employees were thrilled to hear the news that they would once again be receiving retention incentives. The announcement came during a district-wide mandatory meeting on Friday, November 4th in the Performing Arts Center. Superintendent Bernard Zarosky kicked off the meeting by congratulating two Pleasanton ISD schools who received Gold Performance Acknowledgements.

• Pleasanton Elementary School received Gold Performance Acknowledgements for their Commended Performance in Mathematics and their Comparable Improvement in Mathematics.

• Pleasanton Intermediate Campus received Gold Performance Acknowledgements for their Commended Performances in Mathematics, Science, and Writing, and their Comparable Improvement in Reading.

Superintendent Zarosky went on to praise Pleasanton employees for their dedication to excellence in the classroom and thank them for their hard work.

School Board President, Butch Tudyk, then spoke on behalf of the Board, encouraging employees to work together to raise the bar for themselves and their students. Coach Tudyk closed with issuing a challenge to every teacher in the district, “I challenge you to choose one student every month and YOU be the person who impacts that child’s life forever.”

Superintendent Zarosky then shifted gears and briefly reflected on the budget cuts seen in the district in the past few years. “The employees of Pleasanton ISD have struggled through tight budgets for the last few years and yet you have risen to every challenge placed in front of you,” stated Zarosky. “You have found ordinary and inventive ways to save the district money. And as in years past, we plan to reward your efforts and to encourage your continued dedication, by awarding retention incentives.”

Incentives were given to every employee who has been a regular Pleasanton ISD employee since the first day of instruction for the 2010-2011 school year. Professional employees received $1,000, regular full-time employees received $500, and part-time employees received $250.

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