Spring - Klein Edition | November 2023


Spring ISD reduces employee incentive program by $4.5M

Spring ISD trustees voted to reduce committed fund balance moneys by $4.5 million Oct. 17 in light of the district’s $25.4 million budget decit. The gist In a 6-0 vote, trustees approved the district’s proposal to reduce the $5 million fund balance committed for the Spring Rewards program to $500,000. Trustees expressed the desire to use the committed funds to create a reward program for SISD employees other than classroom teachers since the Texas Education Agency’s Teacher Incen- tive Allotment program granted $4.5 million in bonuses to SISD classroom teachers for the 2022-23 school year in July. “The ... teacher incentive allotment program doesn’t allow us to write in for anyone other than a teacher to qualify,” Westbrooks said. The highest-earning SISD teacher received $29,000, and multiple teachers earned more than

$20,000 through the state’s TIA program, Chief Financial O“cer Ann Westbrooks said Oct. 5. About 348 teachers received a combined $1.8 million in bonuses through the district’s Spring Rewards teacher incentive program, but only 210 of these teachers also qualied for the TIA program, Westbrooks said Oct. 17. Explained SISD initially considered reducing the commit- ted funds Oct. 5; however, trustees opted to delay the decision. Multiple trustees raised concerns about the dis- trict’s recommendation to reduce the committed funds to $0 at the Oct. 5 meeting, but expressed support for the altered recommendation of a $4.5 million reduction Oct. 17. With declining enrollment, low average daily attendance and the budget decit, Westbrooks said SISD cannot a—ord to continue to commit $5 million annually to the Spring Rewards program.

202223 bonus breakdown

$4.5M in bonuses was awarded to SISD teachers through the TIA $1.8M in bonuses was awarded to SISD teachers through Spring Rewards 138 SISD teachers qualied for Spring Rewards, but did not qualify for the TIA 210 SISD teachers qualied for both Spring Rewards and the TIA



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