Tomball ISD is only as successful as those who work tirelessly to make it the Destination District we are. I want to personally thank you for your commitment to our district each and every day and as your Superintendent of Schools, let you know that we value our employees and understand the effort required to make our district the high caliber district that it is today.
We take pride in being a fiscally-responsible district yet still maintain a level of transparency that you as employees can understand and value. We are proud that during the prior funding system, our district was able to fund annual raises of 2-3% even in times that other districts did not. Tomball ISD continues to be dedicated to providing the highest increase that our funding and budget can allow. The annual district budget had to be approved during the regular June meeting of the School Board before the start of our new fiscal year in July. This was the same day the Governor signed the new House Bill 3 into law. Based on the information and data we had available at the time, the June budget included approval for a 2% raise. As we received more information and additional guidance from the Commissioner on the impact of HB3 and how it affects our district, we were able to determine the ability to allocate additional monies toward salary increases.
I made it a priority to have our team examine all possible options for additional salary increases and once a decision was made, asked the Board to reconvene in July to approve a total increase of 3% for all employees and an additional .50% for teachers with six or more years of teaching experience.
With overwhelming support of you, our Board approved the suggested additional monies unanimously. Please know that even though Tomball ISD may have not proportionally benefitted from the new school funding system to the same extent as other districts, we take pride in continuing to have an attractive and competitive compensation package for our staff members.
Thank you for being a part of our family and being change agents in our district. You are valued and we appreciate all you do for Tomball ISD. We are looking forward to another successful year in the Happiest District on Earth and remember - we are not just a district, but a destination!