Humble ISD approved raises for its 6,000 teachers and staff at the June board meeting as part of an overall $18.7 million compensation package. They are going to receive a pay raise of at least 4%, and in the case of teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors, an incentive payment of $1,400 in either one installment in December or split between December and May 2020.
Texas Governor Greg Abbot’s signature was still drying from earlier in the day, which made the massive $11.6 billion education reform bill known as HB3 the law of the land in Texas. HB3 provides substantial monies along with directives on how and where to spend it, including school district compensation plans.
Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Rick Gardener explained the total compensation plan to trustees prior to their vote.
Teachers and staff will receive raises that are at a minimum 4%. Depending on seniority, education and group classification, the increase will range from a minimum of 4 to 7%.
Starting salaries for teachers, librarians and nurses were increased by $2,300 from $54,400 to $56,700; however, employees can receive up to $3,300 raises depending on how many years of experience they have. Counselors will see a minimum $3,400 increase.
Custodial, cafeteria and bus assistant staff received a raise, from $9.89 to $10.50 per hour, at a special budget meeting in May. District school bus drivers will go from $15.10 to $16 per hour while police officers will begin at $50,000 annually; they will receive between a $3,600 and $7,800 raise depending on pay grade, according to the 2019-20 compensation package.
“This appears to be the largest compensation package that this district has put forward since I’ve been here in the last six years and at least as far back as 2009,” said Gardener. The trustees immediately voted unanimously to approve it.
In other business, the oath of office was administered to the board’s three newly elected or re-elected trustees. Lori Twomey and Robert Scarfo were sworn in as new representatives for Positions 2 and 6 respectively. Nancy Morrison was sworn into Position 7 as a result of her re-election. Morrison also assumes the role of board president, which is rotated yearly.
Additionally, members elected Robert Sitton, vice president; Martina Lemond Dixon, secretary and Angela Conrad, parliamentarian.
Morrison announced appointments to the board’s standing committees for the coming school year as follows: Audit Committee: Charles Cunningham, chairman; Conrad and Morrison; Board and Superintendent Evaluation Committee: Conrad, chairwoman; Sitton and Morrison; Building and Planning Committee: Sitton, chairman; Cunningham and Morrison; Finance Committee: Morrison, chairwoman; Sitton and Dixon; Legislative Advocacy Committee: Dixon, chairwoman; Scarfo and Twomey; Representative for the Humble ISD Education Foundation: Scarfo; Kingwood Super Neighborhood Council Representative: Twomey; and Academy for Advancing Leaders: Dixon, representative and Twomey, alternate.
School board meetings are normally held at 7 p.m., the second Tuesday of each month at the Humble ISD Administration Building, 20200 Eastway Village Dr., and are open to the public. Agendas are posted on the district website: humbleisd.net.