A parliamentary error during a January meeting led Huntsville Independent School District  trustees to the formal approval of a $7,500 raise for its superintendent, Dr. Richard Montgomery, on Thursday night.

Following a six-hour closed session meeting on Jan. 25 to conduct Montgomery’s evaluation, trustees returned to open session to read a statement announcing the superintendent’s pay increase.

The error was made in the fact that trustees did not take a formal vote on the issue, and so they corrected that mistake Thursday after another 90-minute closed session, approving the matter with a 6-0 vote.

In a January interview, Williams explained that trustees had been unable to give the superintendent a raise in the last two years, due to financial woes faced by the district.

“We felt the raise was comparable percentage-wise to the pay increases approved for other employees of the district,” Williams said, referring to a $1.85 million compensation plan approved by the board in June of 2009.

In the same January meeting, trustees announced that Montgomery’s current contract with the district would remain in effect through June 30, 2011.

“We are hoping to see some areas focused on before we look at any extensions,” Williams said.

In other business Thursday, the board:

• Approved the consent agenda, which included approval of minutes, monthly financial statements and budget amendment No. 8;  adoption of Resolution 10-15 for review of HISD’s investment policy, CDA (Local); approval of awards, rewards, incentives and spirit item bids; bids for athletic/PE supplies and equipment; and bids for tax sale of trust properties.

• Tabled consideration of the 2010-11 after school agreements with the YMCA and the agreement with the Boys & Girls Club of Walker County until the June meeting.

• Approved the purchase of new furniture for the cafeterias at Huntsville Intermediate School, Mance Park Middle School and Huntsville High School. The furniture will be paid for through the food service department’s fund balance (savings) account.

• Viewed information from Walker County Appraisal District as requested by the board, as well as information on the WCAD Board of Directors.

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