Teachers in Friendswood ISD will receive a new 2% pay raise after the district’s board of trustees approved the increase at its Jan. 16 meeting.

The overview

Teachers in FISD will receive a one-time payment of a 2% raise in their pay over the summer, according to district agenda documents.

After taxes, full-time teachers or nonteaching professionals on a teacher salary scale, such as behavior specialists and instructional coaches, will receive about $1,000, according to the documents.

Employees not eligible for this pay raise are substitutes, student workers, hourly employees and contractors, according to the documents.

The background

In July, the FISD board of trustees approved a 1.5% increase for employees and began considering an additional increase up to 2% for teachers. District documents at the time noted a 2% increase would cost the district a little less than $1 million.

Officials at the time pinned a 2% pay increase on the future status of the district’s finances. This included whether the voter-approval tax rate election, or VATRE, in November was approved by voters or if the state took action to increase public school funding.

The district’s VATRE was passed in November, according to district agenda documents, leaving it up to the district’s board to approve the pay increase.

What they said

“The voters supported us,” board President Tony Hopkins said at the meeting. “I know we all wish the state would actually support our public schools, and we will continue to fight through the spring for that.”