UISD approves raises and additional compensation for all employees

The United Independent School District Board of Trustees approved pay increases for all employees at a special meeting called Wednesday night.

At the meeting, the board approved both a one-time salary increase for the 2022-23 school year as well as raises for all employees – part-time and full-time.

Specifically, in what was the first item to be discussed as part of a resolution, the board approved a one-time payment of $2,000 to all full-time employees. The original resolution recommended a payment of $1,600, but Aliza Flores Oliveros suggested it be increased to $2,000, which the district and council approved.

Payment will be made in October 2022 and will come from Esser III funds. The ARP ESSER III grant program is authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted in March 2021. It was partially created to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education.

“We’re all feeling inflation on every level, there’s no one in Webb County, USA who isn’t feeling it,” Oliveros said.

Oliveros added that there was some confusion about this particular payment. It’s just a one-time case, but she said the board will continue to “try to do more.”

“It’s an effort on the part of…really, the hard work of the staff in pursuit of these funds,” she said.

In addition to the one-time payment of $2,000 – which was passed unanimously by the Board – there was also additional compensation approved in the form of lump sum increases for teachers and supply teachers, as well as percentage increases. for administrative staff and paraprofessionals.

An annual salary increase of $1,600 has been given to teachers and those on the RN pay scale. It was initially offered at $1,200 but was raised to $1,600 shortly thereafter.

Paraprofessionals and support staff received salary increases of 4.5%. It was originally proposed at 3.5%, but Board Member Ricardo Molina Sr. requested that it be moved to 4.5 and the Board approved.

For administrative professionals, they received a 2.5% increase payable from the midpoint. Finally, replacements received a raise of $5 per day.

“I want to commend your staff (Superintendent) Mr. (David) Gonzalez, the finance department for coming up with these numbers,” said board member Javier Montemayor Jr. had a conversation about the creativity it will take to get to where we are now, and (Teachers Union Rep) Mr. (Rene) De La Vina has been here a number of times, and yes, UISD has a healthy fund balance.

“Being fiscally responsible is important to the school district. It helps us in our ratings every time we go out for bonds, every time we go out for projects. But it’s raining. It’s been raining in Webb County, it’s been raining in UISD for two years. We’ve lost enrollment and we’ve been through tough times, and as inflation hits us in our personal lives, it hits the district as well. … So it’s really impressive that we’ve come out with these numbers. I really wish we could do more.

The approvals come a week after Laredo ISD teachers protested outside a board meeting demanding raises amid rising inflation across the country.

Several teachers took the time Wednesday to speak during the public comment portion to demand additional compensation.

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