Board approves 20-21 employee compensation package

LISD Board of Trustees approves 2020-2021 Employee Compensation Package
Posted on 05/18/2020
District News Release

DATE: May 18, 2020

LISD Board of Trustees approves 2020-2021 Employee Compensation Package

The Lockhart Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a comprehensive employee compensation package for the 2020 - 2021 school year, including a one-time payment equal to the amount of 1 percent of the median for teachers and 1 percent of the mid-point for all other LISD staff in the November 2020 payroll for all full-time and part-time LISD employees.
LISD Board at May 18, 2020 meeting

Within the package is the inclusion of a new health insurance opportunity through the Texas Schools Health Benefit Program (TSHBP), offering greater savings and increased coverage compared to offerings through the Teacher Retirement System.  The total savings for in-network out-of-pocket maximums would be $3,900 for individuals and $4,800 for families through the TSHBP rather than TRS. The total savings for in-network out-of-pocket maximums would be $4,650 for individuals and $5,800 for TSHBP Copay plan as compared with TRS Primary.  

Additionally, the compensation package will also adjust the salaries of specific employees identified by the Texas Association of School Board as being paid less than 95 percent of the market rate. As  the school district provided teacher pay raises last year, ranging from 4.3 to 8 percent of the median teacher salary, depending on years of service, the district wanted to make necessary adjustments to other professionals this year to maintain competitiveness. 

There will be no increase to pay scales in 2020 - 2021. 

“This budget year is uniquely impacted by the global pandemic,” said Superintendent Mark Estrada. “With the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the financial impact will be felt significantly in the next biennium. At a time organizations are already planning for decreases in state funding due to the crisis, it was important to the leadership and the Board to provide what support we could to our employees who greatly deserve it while ensuring the decisions we make now do not result in the need to reduce our workforce or institute pay cuts due to the expected financial fallout.” 

The one-time payment to staff will equal what would have been a 1 percent raise without placing strain on the district the following year if the budget could not sustain it. This is an example of a number of decisions made by the district, including reducing the number of new staff requests for next school year, maintaining pay scales at 2019-2020 rates for the next year, and reviewing operations for efficiency. 

“The road ahead is uncertain for school districts across the nation,” added Estrada. “What remains certain is we will always work to support our staff as much as possible with the available resources while maintaining the financial health of the entire organization to continue providing excellent instruction and learning for our students.” 

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