Fort Bend ISD expanding workforce, offering pay raises

July 11, 2013 1:55:46 PM PDT
Fort Bend ISD is not only expanding its workforce, but the district is giving some of their employees a pay raise.

During a board meeting Tuesday, Fort Bend ISD trustees approved a one-percent salary increase for all staff members who are not already exceeding their maximum pay grade.

The school board also approved adding 35 new teaching positions for grades Kindergarten through third grade, eight new assistant principal positions, as well as 15 new high school teaching positions district wide.

The board had already approved increasing starting teacher salaries to $46,500 from $44,750.

Fort Bend ISD is recouping some of the losses it endured during the 2011 state budget cuts. The school district's was slashed by $50 million and was forced to reduce its full-time staff of 9,041 to below 8,000. It is now projecting to increase its workforce to 8,185 employees by the end of the next school year.

Fort Bend ISD is among several school districts suing the state of Texas for the budget cuts and fighting to get funding restored. The school finance trial is set for January 6, 2014 and is expected to last up to six weeks.

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