In an effort to retain and recruit staff, Fort Bend ISD will spend $15 million on supplemental payments to existing and new employees.

What’s happened

At its June 5 agenda review meeting, FBISD’s board of trustees approved a resolution authorizing a one-time retention and recruitment supplemental payment to staff members.

The specifics

The supplements will provide staff on the teacher pay scale with a $1,500 one-time payment. Full-time nonteaching staff will receive $1,000, and part-time staff will receive $500. The payments will be included in the Sept. 15 paycheck for those employed by the district as of June 5, according to a district press release.

Newly hired employees on the teacher pay scale will also receive a $1,500 recruitment supplement. New full-time nonteaching staff will receive $1,000, and part-time employees will receive $500. Those eligible for the recruitment supplement will receive the payment on Nov. 30. Existing staff members are not eligible for a recruitment payment.

The cost

The supplements amount to $15 million. Some of the additional $18.1 million FBISD received from the state, plus budget reductions totaling $40 million over the past two years, have freed up Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds to cover these supplements.

Also on the agenda

Trustees also voted on June 5 to appoint Kimberly Smith, the communications director for Alief ISD, to fill the chief communications officer vacancy. They also appointed Damian Viltz to fill the chief operations officer vacancy. Viltz serves as FBISD’s executive director of facilities.