HOUSTON – Oct. 9, 2019 – The Spring ISD Board of Trustees approved a retention supplement for employees among other one-time expenditures at its regular meeting on Tuesday. The expenditures are made possible by revenues the district recently received that primarily result from Senate Bill 500 and property value adjustments related to Hurricane Harvey.
“We are very happy to do this for our employees,” said Board President Rhonda Newhouse.
Key items being supported by these one-time funds are:
- Team Spring Retention Supplement: A one-time payment of $1,000 for all full-time employees and $500 for all half-time employees will be included in the Nov. 25, 2019 payroll. More information on this staff supplement, is available at www.springisd.org/retention.
- Middle School Investments: $4.2 million of these one-time funds will be used to support the district’s work to strengthen middle schools. This includes $2.5 million to fund the reduction of the middle school student-to-teacher ratio from 30:1 to 28:1. It also includes funds for the LIFT 6 campuses to purchase new student and teacher desks, expand parent engagement efforts, increase substitute teacher pay, and explore specialty programming.
- Instructional Resources for Campuses and Classrooms: $1.1 million has been allocated for instructional resources for teachers and students, including but not limited to science supplies, enrichment resources, test banks and formative assessment tools.
- Campus Facility Improvements: In support of the 2016 Bond work, $7 million will be used to enhance the scope of Westfield High School’s 9th Grade Center as well as support a redesign of the school’s JROTC area in the main campus. Additionally, $2 million will be used to renovate Spring High School’s pool and $150,000 will be used to relocate the district track to Dekaney High School.