For Immediate Release
By Stephanie Fontenot, Director of Communications and Marketing
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Galveston ISD Board to Consider Employee Salary Increase
GALVESTON, Texas – June 15, 2022 – A proposed employee salary increase is among a list of items to be addressed during a Galveston ISD Board of Trustees regular meeting that will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22.
The adjustment includes a 1 percent salary increase for most district employees. While not a permanent salary increase, next year, all employees will receive an additional 2.5 percent retention bonus to be paid with federal stimulus funds that were part of the American Rescue Plan. As this retention bonus has been budgeted for the following year as well, employees who remain with the district will receive the bonus two years consecutively.
Also being recommended is a 50 cent per hour increase for bus drivers, bus aides and most auxiliary employees on pay grades 1 and 2.
The increase, originally presented during a Facilities Committee and Budget Workshop meeting that occurred on June 9, would be effective for the 2022-2023 school year if approved.
Many factors were considered when calculating the proposed increase, including the district’s current budget standing, decreased funding attributed to average daily attendance numbers and more.
“The increase is a drop from the 2.4 percent and 2 percent we were able to provide to teachers and all other employees, respectively, last year,” Connie Morgenroth said, GISD’s Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations. “However, the reality is that we, in addition to many other districts, are facing a projected multi-year budget deficit. With that on our horizon after the pandemic and with the inflating economy, we are planning as responsibly as possible for the district’s future as a whole. We are truly thankful to be able to offer an increase this year and appreciate the board’s continued support of our teachers and staff.”
While a $315 million GISD bond package was approved in May for the replacement and upgrading of aging facilities, transportation and technology, these funds are restricted to capital projects that were approved by the voters.
“There are silver linings,” Morgenroth added. “Our employee healthcare plan rates are not increasing this year and many employees should see a slight decrease. It is always our priority to do the best by our employees as we possibly can.”
“Our teachers and our staff members are the backbone of our organization,” Dr. Jerry Gibson said, GISD Superintendent. “We want to do everything we can for them. We also have to make the tough decisions now that will best sustain our district in the future for the betterment of our students. At the end of the day, that is always what is most important. We will continue to work hard, and we will continue to improve every way we can.”
Galveston ISD is a public school district in Texas, established in 1884, that serves nearly 7,000 students. The district’s mission is to Educate, Engage and Empower EACH student for a life of Excellence. To learn more, visit www.gisd.org.
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