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Superintendent's Message: Pay Raises

Dear Friend,

I promised to update you as soon as we had news about next year’s budget and compensation package. The district’s budget -- which includes our Maintenance and Operation and School Nutrition Services funds -- will be officially adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 25, but at last night’s board meeting, a decision was made regarding compensation for the 2012-2013 school year.

The board voted unanimously to approve a two percent general pay increase for all eligible employees. For teachers and librarian this equals an additional $1,034 annually. The new entry salary for beginning teachers and librarians will be $46,634. For all other eligible employees, the two percent general pay increase is calculated off the midpoint of the pay grade for each position. Individuals employed for less than 90 days in the 2011-2012 school year will only receive a pay scale adjustment equaling approximately one percent off the pay grade midpoint.

We recommended this pay increase to the board because we know that it has been two years since teachers received a raise and three years for all other eligible employees. We are also aware that with the elimination of the retention supplement, most NEISD employees experienced a decrease in compensation for 2011-2012.

You work hard and while the district is dealing with financial limitations, we know many of you are as well. This increase is one way we can show our appreciation for the commitment you have made to the district and its students.

With no financial relief from the state, the district is planning to adopt a budget with expenditures that exceed its revenue. Because of this, we will use some of our fund balance over the next few years to meet our expenses.

Our austerity efforts over the past few years have helped us build a healthy fund balance, but it will not remain this way if we are forced to rely on it. School funding must become more equitable at the state level. With no guarantees when this will happen, the district will continue to do with it has been doing for years -- streamline spending and be the best stewards of our taxpayers’ dollars.

The salary increase will cost the district approximately $7 million. I do not believe that this is an unnecessary cost, especially given the sacrifices we have all had to make the past few years.

Please stay informed of the district’s budget decisions by visiting our Web site for updates as they become available. I hope you are enjoying your summer.

Sincerely,

Brian G. Gottardy, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

NOTE:
Employees with questions regarding their specific pay raise, should contact the following individuals.
Angela Hardwick-Etheridge, Compensation Manager (Administrators) ahardw@neisd.net 407-0467
Valerie Wentworth, HR Technician (Teachers/Librarians) vwentw@neisd.net 407-0472
Mary Preston, HR Technician (Classified) mprest@neisd.net.net 407-0473

 

Posted on June 12, 2012