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June 17th, 2009
Hays CISD trustees approve pay raise

SUBMITTED REPORT

The Hays Consolidated Independent School District’s board of trustees on Monday approved pay raises for all employees, contingent upon federal stimulus funds agreeing with legislative mandates.

The motion regarding teachers, counselors, nurses, and librarians included an $825 per year pay raise, plus a “step increase.” The salary placement schedule for these employees is based on “steps” or years of experience. The step increase means the employees move up one step on the pay “ladder.” The motion also included a $825 increase for speech pathologists contingent upon funding.

The vote was 6-0 with Mark Jones abstaining because his wife is a teacher at Kyle Elementary School.
The Texas Legislature approved funding for school districts that mandates the salary increase of $825, plus a step increase. However, that action is contingent upon Texas receiving approval to use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for pay raises, Carter Scherff, Hays CISD Deputy Superintendent told the School Board.

The School Board approved three different salary schedules—one that does not include any increase, one that includes the $825 per year plus the “step increase” and one that includes $825 per year—contingent upon the state receiving approval for expenditure of federal stimulus funds and the federal stimulus funds “flow” to the district.

“The step and $825 will be used if the mandated salary increases are approved and the stimulus funds appropriated by the Legislature flow to the district,” Scherff said. “The $825 increase will be used if the mandated salary increases are not approved and the stimulus funds appropriated by the Legislature flow to the district.”

Under the “step and $825” schedule, a teacher with five years of experience and a bachelor’s degree would earn $40,250 for the 2009-10 school year. Under the “$825 schedule,” a teacher with five years of experience and a bachelor’s degree would earn $40,150 for the 2009-10 school year and under the “frozen” schedule, that teacher would earn $39,325 for the 2009-10 school year.

In separate action, the School Board unanimously approved a 1.5 percent increase for all other employees, again contingent upon the district receiving state funding.

The proposed 2009-10 budget presented to the board includes the contingent pay raises and an increase of $12.13 a month in the district’s contribution for health insurance for those employees on the $5,000 deductible plan.

In the annual reorganization of the School Board officers, Patti Wood was elected president, Mark Jones was elected vice president and Joe Muñoz was elected secretary.

The School Board unanimously approved naming the Fernando Amaya Memorial Library at Simon Middle School (SMS). Mr. Amaya, a parent of students in the district and volunteer, was killed on September 1, 2008, riding his bicycle on State Highway 150.

“Our plan for the library is for it to be the hub of the community,” said Michelle Chae, principal of SMS. “Ongoing learning is something Mr. Amaya was interested in. Mrs. Amaya was honored that we would consider naming the library after him.”

“This will be a great hub of that community,” Muñoz said. “It is going to be one of our prizes.”
“All of us were impressed with this gentleman. He had nothing and made himself into something,” said Board Member Ralph Pfluger. “He stood for what we’re trying to do there.”

The School Board unanimously approved a reformed district leave policy that includes five days of “local” leave and five days of “state” leave. Prior to this change, employees received 15 days of “local” leave but the first five days used was deducted from their pay.

“Employees will still be eligible for reimbursement of leave upon separation if they have worked in the district for five years for up to 60 days of accumulated local leave for which they have an equal number of state leave days accumulated,” said Carolyn Hitt, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

— FROM HAYS CISD/JULIE JEROME

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