Friendswood ISD is ready to put its money where its mouth is with a new teacher salary schedule administrators hope is competitive with surrounding districts.
A recent parent survey within the district listed “recruiting and retention of quality staff” as one of the highest priorities,” administrators reminded the school board during a March workshop focused on teacher salaries.
With state budget cuts and only modest increases during the past few years, Friendswood ISD’s pay schedule fell from among the top 50 in the state to below the state average for teachers with 11 to 20 years of experience.
The proposed new pay scale, yet to be approved, would start beginning teachers at $49,000 per year. It also gives a 3 percent across the board salary increase for all employees.
Many Houston area districts began offering first year teachers salaries of up to $50,000 last year amidst increasing competition to attract new teachers to classrooms.
Friendswood’s proposed salary schedule provides an average teacher pay increase of 6.5 percent, and is estimated to cost $1.5 million. Board members expressed support for the new schedule at the March 2 salary workshop — provided the funds are there. The plan, according to FISD, is to bring the new schedule before the board for approval in June – after more information about revenue sources is available.
Competitive salaries was listed as a priority for the 2015-16 budget process by the superintendent, along with 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.
Future meetings of the FISD Board of Trustees are set April 13, May 11 and June 15. All meetings begin at 5:45 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building, 302 Laurel Dr. unless otherwise noted on agendas. Full agendas and more information can be found at www.boarddocs.com.