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GISD SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES APPROVE SALARY INCREASES FOR DISTRICT EMPLOYEES
June 22, 2021
The Granbury ISD Board of Trustees approved salary increases for district employees during its regular monthly meeting on June 21, 2021.
The approved salary increases include:
- $1,700 for teachers, librarians, registered nurses, speech language pathologists (with a bachelor’s degree), and speech language pathologist assistants
- 5% midpoint increase for positions below $32,000 midpoint
- 3% midpoint increase for positions above $32,000 midpoint
- Increase minimum pay to $16 per hour for bus drivers (in addition to midpoint increase)
- Add $1 per hour for non-managerial child nutrition workers and maintenance staff on auxiliary pay schedule (in addition to midpoint increase)
Trustees approved amended salary and pay schedules for the 2021-22 contract year. The schedules follow recommendations from a TASB salary and staffing study conducted in early 2020 but put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, when future state funding levels were not certain.
In addition, in recognition that district employees did not receive a pay increase during the past year, trustees amended a previously approved retention stipend initiative. Full-time employees employed as of September 1, 2020, will receive $1,000, while those employed as of December 1, 2020, will receive $500 and those employed as of March 1, 2021, will receive $250. District staff employed less than full time will receive half of the allotted amounts. Eligible employees will receive the stipends in August.
Board members completed the summative evaluation for superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn. The board extended the superintendent’s contract through June 2026 with a 2.5% salary increase. Also to be included in the contract for the district leader is a retention payment payable if Dr. Glenn is still employed with the district at the end of the contract period.
Also in personnel, board members approved several staff appointments for the 2021-22 school year and received notification of employees resigning or retiring. Trustees also approved the 2021-22 employee handbook.
Proposed expenditures of $10.5 million in federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) were presented by curriculum director Stacie Brown, assistant curriculum director Trisha Suitt, technology director Danielle Parsons, and finance director Emmett Whitefield. Designed to help students and staff following the COVID-19 pandemic, the district plans the funds to cover additional personnel to accelerate learning, additional curriculum resources, and additional professional development. Also included are additional technology resources and equipment, necessary facility improvements and HVAC replacements, employee retention stipends, as well as administrative costs resulting from managing the federal grant over three years. The presentation to the board is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/publicnotices.
Board members amended the 2021-22 school calendar in order to move Spring Break to March 14-18, 2022. The school calendar is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/calendar.
Reports to the board included:
- Dr. Glenn highlighted the success of summer learning and summer camps that are all involving hundreds of students. The superintendent discussed the board’s recent planning workshop and a forthcoming long-range planning committee. He also mentioned an upcoming legislative update and academic accountability training. Dr. Glenn reported that 115 industry certifications came from the district’s career and technical education program this year.
- Brown reviewed the annual report for the Community Schools Health Advisory Council.
- Dwight Butler, athletic director, provided an update on athletic and community education programs.
- Whitefield presented financial and cash flow statements for May 2021 as well as a categorical purchases report.
In other business, trustees approved minutes from the last regular meeting, minutes from recent special meetings, and budget amendments. Board members approved the purchase of two 6-9 passenger SUVs from Mike Brown Ford for the district transportation fleet. In other business, the board approved an amended resolution allowing for the use of public funds for the school district to participate in local events hosted by civic organizations, charitable groups, and other community organizations. Trustees also reviewed local policy changes in TASB Local Policy Update 117 recommended by the Texas Associaiton of School Boards; the board will consider the changes at a future meeting.
Donations reported to the board included: $500 from the Nettie Baccus PTO for a new sound board for the school’s sound system; $25,000 from the Thomas V. Giddews Jr. Foundation for the Granbury Marine Corps JROTC; $500 from George E. Herr for the JROTC; $550 from the Granbury Optimist Club for the Stowaways camp fees; $300 each from Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant and Granbury Rotary Club for the Galley on the Go event; $200 from Katie Cowan for the Granbury Floral Club’s wedding flowers.
Trustees next convene for a budget workshop and regular meeting on Monday, July 26. Board meetings are held in the GISD Board Room in the Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.