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MFISD to pay staff $2,500 bonus for successful hiring recommendations

Marble Falls ISD board meeting 6-13-22

Marble Falls Independent School District board Trustee Mandy McCary, board President Kevin Naumann, Superintendent Chris Allen, and trustees Alex Payson and Kevin Virdell listen to presentations June 13. Staff photo by Nathan Bush

Marble Falls Independent School District staff who recruit a new employee will receive a $2,500 bonus, the Board of Trustees decided at its regular meeting Monday, June 13. 

Trustees also began 2022-23 budget discussions in light of recent staff pay increases. The salary boosts and bonus program are all designed to fill vacant teaching and staff positions.  

“We are in a unique position this summer,” Assistant Superintendent Jeff Gasaway told the board. “The work supply is limited. We are starting to see that more and more every day.”

Currently, 88 salary positions and about 50 auxiliary and paraprofessional jobs are open.

During discussion of the bonus idea, which initially included only salaried employees, board President Kevin Naumann suggested adding auxiliary and paraprofessional staff. 

“I think not only will it be helpful through filling seats on the ‘bus,’ but it will boost morale,” Naumann said. “It will also provide a financial increase to the people who are needing it more than ever before.”

Trustees also voted to pay a $2,000 bonus to any staff member who starts before Sept. 1, 2022, and does not leave the district throughout the school year. The bonus would be split into two $1,000 payments: one in October and the other in March.

“The idea that (campus principals) can email their staff and tell them to go get their buddies to come here gives them a huge help,” MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen told the board. “Anything like this helps our folks in key leadership positions.

The proposed budget for the next school year is $81.1 million, with more than $60 million of that devoted to operating costs, reported Bill Orr, the district’s chief financial officer. Additionally, $13 million will go to child nutrition and about $2 million will be used for federal programs.

The budget is based on a 36.5 percent increase in local property values, which could result in a lower tax rate. Property valuations in Llano and Burnet counties are at an all-time high, according to figures released from the two central appraisal districts in May. Burnet County valuations increased by 25 percent; Llano County valuations by 20 percent. 

Most of the increase is due to new development, which brings in new money. Also, taxing entities are limited by state law in how much they can increase tax rates at one time without voter approval. Burnet County is looking at a 5 percent decrease in the tax rate this year because of higher valuations. 

IN OTHER BUSINESS

The board: 

The school board will hold a virtual meeting on June 27. The next in-person meeting is July 18.

nathan@thepicayune.com

2 thoughts on “MFISD to pay staff $2,500 bonus for successful hiring recommendations

  1. How about splitting it with a teacher? Seriously? No teachers = not equal.
    Paying the board for referrals is nice, but some must go to our hard working teachers.

    This is a joke if they don’t get anything. They should be getting paid $75k minimum. Raise taxes
    for them if not. Not cool not to give to teachers, that’s a lot of money.

  2. “The budget is based on a 36.5 percent increase in local property values, which could result in a lower tax rate. Property valuations in Llano and Burnet counties are at an all-time high, according to figures released from the two central appraisal districts in May. Burnet County valuations increased by 25 percent; Llano County valuations by 20 percent. ”

    Yeah, just wait for the escalator they’ll ride up to kill you on taxes in the upcoming years. It’s all a SCAM.

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