FISD workshop to focus on salaries

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Revising salary schedules to compete with nearby school districts is the topic of a Trustee workshop scheduled March 2.

After receiving input from the board at the workshop, Friendswood ISD announced it will solicit feedback from teachers through FEIC and other venues. The workshop will be held at 8 p.m.

A new proposed salary schedule is expected to be brought before the board for approval in April or May.

Beginning last fall, FISD increased first-year teacher pay to $47,000 from $44,600 after a study showed that 38 districts in Region 4 pay its starting teachers more than FISD, and only 12 paid less.

According to FISD documents, the proposed goal of the new schedule is to match CCISD’s schedule for years 8 through 25 – which may result in as much as a 10 percent raise for some teachers. FISD estimates the upcoming proposal would add $1 million to the 2015-15 budget, and an additional $450,000 for a 3 percent cost of living increase for all others. The cost of healthcare, too, has affected what teachers are bringing home. The district estimates that despite a 2 percent cost of living increase4 last year, many of its staff are bringing home less money than previous years.

With the 2015-16 budget year approaching, FISD administrators already are considering priorities, which include a change in the pay schedule. In addition to being competitive with other districts in salaries, priorities included returning Bales Intermediate to an independent campus and continuing a technology initiative that includes a $718,000 purchase of ChromeBooks for teachers not teaching math and science.

As part of the budget process, public hearings and approvals of the budget will be held in August. FISD estimates that it may be late spring or early summer, however, before state funding will be determined.

FISD meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building, 302 Laurel Dr. Future regular board meetings are scheduled on March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 15. Agendas are published in advance of each meeting on the district’s site at www.boarddocs.com.

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