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BISD: Thomas will accept raise but not for personal use

BISD Superintendent Dr. Carrol Thomas says he's very appreciative of his raise, but he is not going to accept it for himself.

"With the conditions of the current economy, right now wouldn't be the right time," said Thomas, who is Texas' highest paid superintendent. "If I don't give staff a raise, then I don't accept a raise."

For over 75 minutes, trustees met behind closed doors where they rated Thomas on a scale from 0 to 5 in more than 150 categories, including his leadership skills to his conflict resolution skills.

In a 6-1 vote trustees gave Thomas a favorable rating, which means he'll get an automatic 5-year contract and 3.9% raise. His annual salary will increase from about $347,000 to $360,000.

"You can't be a leader, unless you set a good example," he added. " I will decide this summer if I'm going to donate the raise to a charity or a good cause in the district."

Extra note:

Gayle Botley, an independent certified public accountant, gave the district a superior financial rating.

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