Pflugerville ISD approves 3% pay raise for district staff

Willie Watson Jr., the district's chief human resources officer, presented several models to the school board regarding staff pay bumps ranging from a 2%-3% pay increase for all job groups. (Screenshot courtesy Pflugerville ISD)
Willie Watson Jr., the district's chief human resources officer, presented several models to the school board regarding staff pay bumps ranging from a 2%-3% pay increase for all job groups. (Screenshot courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

Willie Watson Jr., the district's chief human resources officer, presented several models to the school board regarding staff pay bumps ranging from a 2%-3% pay increase for all job groups. (Screenshot courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

Officials took action on a couple of compensation measures to benefit district staff during a recent Pflugerville ISD board meeting.

The first is a payment for employees forced to miss several days of work in January and February due to severe weather and COVID-19-related campus closures.

The board initially discussed providing compensation for those employees during a Feb. 17 regular meeting. At a March 31 meeting, officials approved that compensation for affected employees forced to miss work days but did not specify a total cost to the district.

At the same meeting, the second compensation measure saw the board approve a 3% pay bump for all staff for the 2022-23 school year.

Willie Watson Jr., the district's chief human resources officer, presented several models to the school board regarding staff pay bumps ranging from 2% to 3% pay increase for all job groups.


In addition to the 3% pay raise for most staff, the board also voted to increase the starting pay rate for any remaining nonexempt district positions making less than $15 per hour after the 3% increase to at least $15 per hour.

District information states the 3% pay increase will add $7.51 million to next year's PfISD budget.

Prior to the board's vote, officials expressed concerns that 3% is not enough to cover cost-of-living expenses for district staff.

"I read an article that the average family this year is experiencing an additional $5,060 in expenses based on all of the inflation, plus gasoline and what not," Place 1 Board Member David Aguirre said. "I think at the minimum, [3%] is what we should do."

During discussion of the pay raise, Superintendent Doug Killian warned officials that the pay raise will not allow for a balanced budget in 2022-23, but he said a 3% increase that also guarantees all staff will make at least $15 per hour is the right thing to do.

"We're stretching the budget no matter what we do," Killian said. "The last thing I want to do is not pass a high enough percentage pay increase and then come to you the following school year with more money in fund balance."
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.