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Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2002 12:00 am

By Criselda Valdez

The Brownsville Herald

Interim Brownsville Super-intendent Johnny Pineda turned down a $3,500 a month

raise Thursday night in a special-called board meeting, citing the school

districts tight budget as a reason for his decision.

At this point in time, we are facing budget crunches throughout the

district, Pineda said Friday morning in a telephone interview.

I didnt feel right serving myself when I havent been able to take care of

the other 7,000 employees, he added. It is important to take care of the

other employees.

Brownsville Independent School District board members dicussed proposing a

$3,000 permonth supplemental payment and a $500 permonth car allowance for

Pineda, as compensation for serving the district as the top administrator in

addition to his positions as assistant superintendent of operations.

Pinedas current salary is $95,200 a year. The compensation pay would have

been effective immediately.

Pineda said he quickly halted a discussion with board members over possible

compensation pay because he did not feel the timing for the matter to be

considered was appropriate.

Instead, board members, recognizing Pinedas wishes, awarded him a $400 a

month car allowance, which will serve as reimbursement for travel in his car,

maintenance, and wear and tear for travelling around the district, said Drue

Brown, BISD interim public information officer.

Brown said the amount proposed was the standard amount given to past interim

superintendents.

Pineda said he was grateful to the board for wanting to do this. I thank them

with a heavy heart. What they proposed to do was great.

He said he is a team player and recognized that everyone in this district as

been helping out tremendously, doing more than whats supposed to be on their

plate. With the tremendous teamwork, I just commend everyone for the job

theyre doing.

Board President Herman Otis Powers Jr. commended Pineda on his decision.

What Mr. Pineda did was a very honorable gesture on his part, knowing that we

have budget problems and by denying the pay increase and by looking out for

the 7,000, he showed he is a true team leader, Powers said.

Last October, the school board awarded suspended Superintendent Noe Sauceda a

$10,000 raise on a 4-3 vote that became a lightning rod for critics of the

board and Sauceda.

In other business Thursday, board trustees approved the transfer of several

employees within the district:

Raul Arteaga, former National Science Foundation mentor in the BISD

Curriculum department, will begin the school year as assistant principal at

Cummings Middle School.

Noe Garcia will serve as assistant principal at the new Juliet V. Garcia

Middle School. He previously served as a math teacher at Vela Middle School.

Brenda Krummel, a special education teacher at Stell Middle School, will

take over as the new dean of instruction at Stell.

Donald H. Cadriel was hired as a Public Education Information Management

System specialist.

In other board action, trustees tabled:

A motion an agenda item to approve a $8,341.72 payment to Richard Mendoza,

an Austin-based certified public accountant who conducted a forensic audit

concerning the insurance contract bidding process for work done from May 21 to

June 11, 2002.

An agenda item to approve payment for 23 days of additional pay to high

school assistant principals designated to do registrar duties.

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