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Principals at low-performing schools eligible for five-figure bonuses next year
Thursday, Apr 29, 2010, 09:22PM CST
By Lynn Walsh

Some principals at Houston ISD schools could see $30,000 bonuses next year.

HISD Board of Trustees adopted a new performance-based pay model for principals at low-performing high schools and middle schools in the district. The new bonus program could cost the district $320,000 in the 2010-11 school year.

Principals at six Houston ISD high schools and five middle schools are eligible for the cash pay-out at the end of the year.  

The schools affected are considered "priority" schools by the district, and the incentives should "encourage bold leaders to step up and increase student achievement," Superintendent Terry Grier said.

District officials plan to fund the bonuses through a combination of federal Title I grant money and a local bonus program called ASPIRE.

Principals will receive the money if they reach goals such as decreasing dropout rates, increasing student enrollment, increasing math proficiency and increasing teacher performance.

Trustee Manuel Rodriguez said the first step is to make sure principals know what is expected of them.  

The principals at Lee and Sharpstown high schools can earn up to $30,000 in bonuses each year for the next three years if they achieve the designated goals. Principals at Fondren, Ryan, Attucks, Dowling and Key middle schools, along with the principals at Kashmere and Jones high schools, can earn up to $20,000 each in the 2010-11 school year.

Contact Lynn Walsh at 713-228-2850 or

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