Employees of Frankfort Independent Schools will receive pay raises for having another year’s experience.
The Board of Education declined to boost salaries earlier this year because of budget concerns, but members voted 4-0 Monday for the raises. Vice chairman Shaun Murphy was absent.
Superintendent Rich Crowe told school board members last month that the district’s year-end balance is better than expected – $750,000 versus the $450,000 that was projected earlier this year.
The raises plus benefits will cost the district about $50,000.
Earlier this year, the board changed its salary schedule – which typically includes annual “step increases” for added experience and education – to freeze pay for teachers and other employees next year.
Board members opted to restore step increases instead of giving an across-the-board raise to bring its salaries back in line with other districts, Looney said.
The step increases range from about 1 percent to 1.4 percent, he said.
“By reinstituting the salary schedule, it keeps us more in the middle of the pack (compared to other school districts),” Looney said.
“We hope it can help us attract and retain employees.”