Katy ISD staff to see pay increases

Returning teachers to Katy ISD have the potential to earn up to 8 percent more in 2019-2020, according to a compensation plan presented by district leaders Monday night. 

A 4 percent increase, $2,475 for teachers, is built into the budget for all Katy Independent School District employees.

 All staff also will receive a one-time 1 percent payment, $635 for teachers, at the holidays. An additional 1 percent will be offered to returning employees Aug. 15.

New public funding regulations passed in the last legislative session stipulates the district must spend $16.3 million on raises and introduce a performance incentive for classroom teachers and instructional paraprofessionals. 

The district has budgeted $28.9 million in compensation increases, and $21.2 million of that is set aside for teachers, librarians counselors and nurses.

Brian Schuss, chief human resources officer, said district leaders opted to base the incentive on attendance.Teachers and instructional staff who meet the requirement will earn $1,200 for a total potential payout of $4,945, which is equal to about 8 percent of their salary.

The plan meets a mandate from the state to increase teacher pay by $4,000.

All other staff have the potential to earn $3,745, or about 6 percent. Superintendent Ken Gregorski said they expect to offer the $1,200 incentive in future years as well. 

“We want to focus a little bit more on those classroom teachers,” Gregorski said. “Those are the ones that are really driving performance in the classroom and the academic performance of those kids.”

Additionally, Schuss emphasized, the district does not plan to increase health care premiums, something many organizations do that off-sets the pay increase.

Last year, Schuss said the district invited the Texas Association of School Boards to conduct a comprehensive study on the compensation plan. 

“They have a lot of data at their disposal and can look at how we compare to the market,” Schuss said. 

As a result, the district is adjusted the teacher hiring scale for years 5-10 to keep up with the market level. Other changes occurred in the trade areas and auxiliaries, Schuss said.