SFISD's Maxwell moves on
- SFISD's Maxwell moves on
By Dale Dimitri The Texas City Sun Published April 30, 2002 11:50 PM CDT
There was a changing of the guard at Santa Fe Independent School District's board of trustee meeting Monday.
Carol Maxwell, the 25-year director of transportation, stepped down and handed the job over to Jim Abney, a Santa Fe resident.
"She was a great asset to us," said John Whittemore, Santa Fe superintendent. "We will miss her."
Her replacement Abney was operations manager for the Alvin ISD transportation department for four years before becoming director of transportation for the Friendswood ISD for another three years.
According to Whittemore, Abney was the most qualified and experienced applicant for the position. Gary Causey, Santa Fe ISD's director of personnel, said Abney will be making $50,000 a year to maintain, coordinate and direct the district's buses, hire and supervise bus drivers and work out any additional transportation needs the district may have.
Board members also hired a new teacher for Santa Fe's elementary students. Jela Jiusti, of Hitchcock, was hired on to teach third grade at Elementary North. Jiusti taught for one year at the Early Childhood Learning Center in La Marque before teaching for three years at La Marque ISD's Westlawn Elementary. As of right now, Jiusti will earn $32,000 for her efforts this year, although that may change as Causey said board members are in the process of discussing changes to the district's average teacher salary. Santa Fe teacher's salaries are currently tied for lowest in Galveston County along with Dickinson and La Marque. Salaries in the county range from $32,000 to 36,050 in Galena Park. Causey said the majority of Monday's meeting was used to, "brainstorm strategies for teacher salaries for next year."
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