HISD Board To Consider Increasing Incentive Bonuses
The Houston Independent School District board will take its first look today at a plan to increase the performance bonuses for HISD teachers to a maximum of $7,800 next January for the teachers’ work in the 2007-08 school year, and then to $10,300 for their work in helping students improve in the 2008-09 school year. The bonuses of more than $10,000 would be paid out in January of 2010, if the school board approves the plan on June 12.
The school board will be asked to approve Thursday two separate agenda items to approve the guidelines for the program for next year and the year after. For next January’s payouts for the 2007-08 school year, the HISD administration is proposing changes in the performance pay system to classify the instructional, instructional support, teaching assistant and operations support staff that can take part in the program. Proposed changes for this year also include moving assistant principals and deans into the ASPIRE awards for principals category, and separating middle and high school staffs for comparison purposes. The changes also would let teachers at academically unacceptable campuses earn money if their students make strong growth, and would establish awards for some special education teachers.
For the 2008-09 school year, the proposed changes include a new requirement that teachers be in attendance at least 90 percent of the instructional days in order to be eligible for the bonuses. The 2008-09 school year program cost would be about $27.3 million, and the next year the program would cost about $35.5 million.
The board will review the plan at its 4 p.m. agenda review meeting on today and vote on it Thursday.