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Spring ISD approves $1,000 employee supplements – Chron.com

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Due to receiving about $19.5 million from additional one-time revenue sources, the Spring ISD school board was able to approve several one-time expenditures, including a $1,000 retention supplement for all of their employees.

Spring ISD received $19,528,661 in one-time revenue, and of that, $5.1 million will go toward retention supplements for all Spring ISD employees in good standing.

“We’re very happy to do this for our employees,� Spring ISD Board President Rhonda Newhouse said upon unanimous approval at the Oct. 8 school board meeting.

Spring ISD Chief Financial Officer Ann Westbrooks said the supplements would be processed for the Nov. 25 payroll, and a notice about the supplement was sent out to all employees Wednesday morning, Oct. 9.


Along with the supplements, several other items were approved. The second largest contribution went to lowering the middle school student-to-teacher ratio to 28-to-1 for two years. Westbrook said this contribution would sustain the lower ratio for about two years, allowing the board to prioritize keeping the ratio in future budget cycles.

Board members also approved spending $6 million to expand the scope of the Westfield High School 9th Grade Center—primarily focusing on expanding the main entry and rear courtyard. Due to this new facility, members were also able to approve the redesign of the Westfield JROTC Facility.

Spring ISD Board Member Donald Davis said he was looking forward to the updated designs of the JROTC facility, as he had been asking for new and upgraded JROTC facilities for Westfield and Spring High Schools since 2013, with Spring High School getting a new facility last year.

Additionally, $1 million is going toward new desks and chairs for the district’s Lift 6, what they call their six middle schools, as well as another $600,000 to transform the middle schools into specialty campuses, similar to how Springwoods Village Middle School was established with an International Baccalaureate program.

Another $2 million is going toward the renovation of the Spring High School swimming pool, which Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney E. Watson had previously called old. But it is not yet known when the renovations will begin, as they could take as long as 17 months and swimmers will have Olympic trials beginning soon.


These additional funds were compiled from three different sources. One was SB 500, which gave supplemental funds to school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey, of which $12 million was given to Spring ISD.

The other two sources of income came from changes in property values, resulting in state aid received to reimburse for taxpayer refunds, another $4 million for the district from the 2015 and 2016 tax years, and another $3.3 million from reimbursements for school health and related services.

Other one-time expenditures are:

High school science supplies/equipment for $310,467

Middle school science supplies/equipment for $96,698

Elementary school science supplies/equipment for $41,155

Effective school framework for Wells/Eickenroht/Major for $18,000

Lead4ward field guides for $9,250

Flipped model test review for $4,200

NBC Learn for $27,751

Asia Society for $87,000

Jason’s Learning Project for $138,835

Comprehensive high school resources for $90,000

STAAR test maker for $63,318

Assessment writing support for $14,000

STAAR—21 already-created tests (all levels/subjects) for $45,000

All-in Learning including clickers for $200,000

Relocating district track to Dekaney High School for $150,000

Lift 6 Substitute Pay amount of $100 non-certified for $26,987

Lift 6 parental engagement for $6,000

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