Pearland - Friendswood Edition | June 2020

EDUCATION Pearland ISDapproves increases to salaries, health insurance contributions for 2020 - 21 school year

Pearland ISD’s board of trustees voted to pass di ff erent bene fi ts for teachers and sta ff for the 2020-21 school year. Here are the bene fi ts. SALARY INCREASES, RAISES AND BENEFITS SOURCE: PEARLAND ISD / COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Raise starting teacher salaries $56,000 $58,100

BY HALEY MORRISON

up with the Joneses, and I think we fi nally did that this year. We can’t always make it about base salaries and average salaries. We have to have some other mechanism to attract and retain good employees, and bene fi ts are one of those,” Barry said. Trustee Lance Botkin said these decisions are the reason the reserve fund exists, especially at this time. “I’m all in for going to $300. Anything we can do with the bene fi ts package is great. As far everything else goes, we have a fund balance for a reason, right? I don’t want to spend it as fast as we have it, but we need to think about that we have a fund balance during times like this,” Botkin said. “It’s not just a rainy day; it’s a rainy storm.” Botkin made the motion to approve the recommendation, which was approved 6-0, with trustee Mike Floyd absent from the meeting.

of raise.” The board also voted to allocate an additional $402,785 in an equity adjustment to employees whose salaries do not align with those of their peers of the same title. The recommendation also increased the beginning-teacher salary from $56,000 to $58,100. The board also passed a $600 yearly increase to employee health insurance that the district will cover. The district had originally planned for a $300 increase, and to raise it to $600 would cost an additional $405,550. The board will have to dip into its reserve fund to pay for the additional $300 it will cover for employees. During the discussion, trustee Je ff Barry said he was in favor of increases to bene fi ts rather than solely salary-based increases. “We spend a lot of time keeping

The Pearland ISD board of trustees approved a 4% salary increase for teachers at its May 19 meeting. The board also approved an increase to starting teacher salaries, funded equity adjustments and added more money to employee health insurance. The 4% salary increase, which will cost the district a little over $5 mil- lion, will help keep PISD competitive with surrounding districts, according to the meeting agenda. “For the fi rst time in a long time, I feel like we have a really good budget walking into this decision for you guys,” said David Moody, the assistant superintendent for human resources services. “It gives us a chance to make up some ground—as [Superintendent] Dr. [John] Kelly has mentioned a couple times, word on the street is most districts around us will be hard-pressed to give this kind

$600 yearly increase to employee health insurance PISD was going to cover an additional $300 for each employee’s

bene fi ts for the year. Instead, the board voted to add $600. This $300 increase is costing the district $405,550.

salary increase 4%

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