On May 25, the Humble ISD school board met to hold a budget workshop and show recommendations.
Billy Beattie, Humble ISD CFO, made a presentation that highlighted “Humble ISD is Family.”
“When it comes to compensation, Humble ISD continues to remain competitive and resolves to provide a 3% on average raise for all staffers, roll the $1,400 stipend into base pay, continue to pay out the $1,000 stipend, create content specialty stipends to replace the current content retention stipends, roll existing travel stipends into base pay, raise Humble ISD full-time minimum to $11.50, create virtual instruction stipend, and finally, implement position review process updates,” stated Beattie.
Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, superintendent, added, “We looked at the past year and a half compared to what will be allowed with the coming year in terms of virtual learning. We recognize that in-person teachers deal with classroom management challenges that a virtual teacher may not wrestle with in the same manner. On the other hand, virtual teachers may have larger classroom sizes or more students that come with a different set of challenges. We want to be sure that all teachers are compensated fairly and equitably.”
“The proposed changes include an increase to the district-paid employee life policy from $10K to $15K, no rate increase for Humble ISD Health and Wellness Clinic services to include mental health support, no rate increase for any voluntary benefit offerings and compliance with state-mandated TRS Retirement increases,” Beattie said.
“Humble continues to showcase an emphasis on family by recommending many staff members to support the 1,000 planned students to enter the district,” continued Beattie.
Beattie presented the district proposal in terms of safety to include police body cameras, police radio system improvements, HVAC updates and more. The final family point centered on goals alignment. The district plans to continue support of Cardonex and Naviance software, protect all facilities with the needed insurance and more.
In the end, it was determined that the North Transportation Center will provide a significant budget savings that will allow the district to staff for 1,000 new students, leaving the capacity to carry forward to 2022-2023 the amount of $1,142,000. These dollars are planned to be allocated to the opening of a new middle school and other innovative initiatives moving forward.
Prior to adjourning, Rick Gardner, associate superintendent, gave a presentation that illustrated how the Humble ISD entry pay compared against the total local market of other school districts. Due to the increases proposed, the 2021-2022 school year shows Humble climbing competitively when contrasted to areas such as Galena Park, Sheldon, Goose Creek, and others.