Cost-of-living increase also approved by board

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

Superintendent Henry Herrera received a contract extension this week during a closed session meeting of the Alice ISD Board of Trustees Tuesday night. Herrera's last contract, of which he was in his first year, would have expired in July of 2009. The extension is for one year, added on to his three-year contract, which will keep him with the district through the 2009-2010 school year. Board President Tony Bill said the trustees also approved a 3.25 percent salary increase for Herrera, to go along with the contract extension.

Board member Lupe Martinez said the raise was a cost of living increase. Although he couldn't recall the exact amount, Martinez said Herrera's salary was currently "around $120,000 a year."

'There is so much to do when it comes to running a school district, maintaining the facilities, leading the teachers and other administrators and staying on top of changing legislation. It's hard to find good people," Martinez said.

"Herrera is in charge of over 800 employees, with a large cross section of both staff members and professionals. He has always displayed pride, both in our children and in our community. He has a vision for Alice ISD, and we're fortunate enough to have him here."