At issue: a tension between attracting and retaining teachers and staff and avoiding an unsustainable cost position in an uncertain economic environment.
“We cannot afford to undermine our workforce and lose talent,” Superintendent Steve Flores said. “As schools reopen, mitigating learning gaps will be more crucial than ever. And we will need talented individuals on our campuses and in our district offices to ensure our students continue to excel.”
District staff and the Texas Association of School Boards have proposed an overall 2% salary increase, market adjustments and a medical insurance increase to the tune of approximately $14 million.
“Under these circumstances, given the times that we’re in, right now this is not something that I’m going to be able to support,” board president Amy Weir said.
The board was originally slated to vote on the compensation plan at an April 16 meeting. Instead, they delayed the vote until May 7. Now, the vote is expected to take place next week, but a specific date has not yet been announced.