KLEIN, TX—In a special meeting today, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the historic employee compensation package recommended by district administration.
As a result of active fiscal management of the district and additional funds received from House Bill 3, the district prepared a competitive compensation package for the 7,000+ employees of Klein ISD. The compensation plan recommended by district leadership and approved tonight by the Board of Trustees includes:
- All teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses with 6 or more years of experience will receive a pay increase of 5.5 percent of control point ($3,250) plus market adjustments.
- All teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses with 1-5 years of experience will receive a pay increase of 5.25 percent of control point ($3,150) plus market adjustments.
- Starting teacher pay increase from $52,600 to a competitive $55,550.
- All other employees will receive a pay increase of 4 percent of control point plus market adjustments.
Klein Family Loyalty Incentive
A one-time $1,500 retention incentive for teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses and a one-time $1,000 for other benefit-eligible full-time employees who were employed by the District on May 31, 2019, and are returning for the 2019-20 school year. Benefit-eligible employees working less than full time will receive half. This will be based on the 2018-19 full-time or part-time status.
Klein Family Health Insurance Contribution and Supplement
Previously scheduled reductions to district contributions for health insurance in the 2019-2020 school year will not occur. A one-time $300 health insurance supplement will be provided for all benefit-eligible full-time employees who were employed on May 31, 2019, and are returning for the 2019-20 school year to help offset the rising cost of health insurance and TRS premiums. Benefit-eligible employees working less than full time will receive half. If approved, payment would be made in August of 2019.
In total, factoring in all additional incentives, returning teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses will receive between $4,950 and $5,050 in additional compensation.
“In order to serve the promise and purpose of our students, we must invest in the promise and purpose of our employees, which includes compensating them well for providing students an outstanding educational experience,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “In Klein ISD, our greatest asset has always been our high-quality teachers and employees. I’m grateful to our Board of Trustees for supporting EVERY member of our Klein Family by approving this historic compensation plan.”
Board member Cathy Arellano is thrilled to see the district’s hardworking, loyal teachers and employees receive additional compensation in the 19-20 school year.
“As a long-time Klein ISD resident, retired educator, and Board member, being able to provide this historic compensation package brings me great joy,” Klein ISD Board member Arellano said. “Our teachers and staff devote their lives to making sure that EVERY student is able to fulfill their promise, and we want them all to be well taken care of. The Board is honored to support our Klein Family in this way.”
Although Klein ISD did not fare as well as many surrounding districts from House Bill 3, as a result of the additional 3 percent in state funding and very prudent financial management, including additional cuts to department budgets, the district was able to direct significant funds to employee compensation. The district continues to work with legislators and the Texas Education Agency to maximize funds from House Bill 3, as rules continue to be written based on the legislation.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this historic compensation package to our employees,” Klein ISD Chief Financial Officer Dan Schaefer said. “While House Bill 3, which was a good first step by the Legislature, allows us to fund part of this raise, we were able to supplement that with a much more lucrative package due to the district’s excellent fiscal management.”