On Monday, June 20, the Spring Branch ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously (7-0) to approve a 3% pay increase for all employees across the district as part of the $357.5 million budget for the 2023 fiscal year. Trustees also approved starting teacher pay for 2022-2023 of $62,000, keeping SBISD a compensation leader in the Houston area.
“I’m very pleased that the Board approved the pay increases for our teachers as part of our budget,” said SBISD Board President Chris Earnest. “We appreciate our teachers so much and are happy to make this investment in them. Our aim is to attract and retain the very best and to do that we must remain among the highest paying districts in our region.”
These Board actions are in addition to the mid-year pay changes for some positions and employee retention stipend of $2,000 for full-time employees and $1,000 for part-time employees (paid over 2 years- the first installment of which was paid on June 16), funded through ESSER and other pandemic-related federal funds.
Trustees also approved increases to extra-duty stipends in several high-needs areas. The pay increase and stipend adjustments represent an investment of over $13 million for SBISD employees.
The SBISD Board of Trustees also previously approved a reduction in health insurance premium costs for employees next year on all plan options (except for the TRS ActiveCare 2 plan option, for which premiums will remain the same). These changes in health insurance premiums put a combined $706,000 back in employees’ pockets based on 2021-2022 employee plan year elections.
In addition to monetary compensation, Trustees also approved the addition of three Wellness Days for SBISD employees to leverage in the 2022-23 school year for health-related needs and self-care.
When taken together, the incremental investment for the year ahead in SBISD employees exceeds $26.3 million.
“I have continuously witnessed our employees’ tireless work and commitment to ensure that Every Child in SBISD thrives and has the tools needed to succeed,” said Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine. “I am thankful to our Board of Trustees for recognizing and assuring SBISD employees remain among the best-paid school district employees in our region.”