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WFISD School Board approves one-time stipend for employees

WFISD employees will receive a one-time stipend after a unanimous vote by the school board.

The Wichita Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees met on Monday evening to discuss several items on their agenda including one that will benefit all WFISD employees.

The board unanimously voted to approve a one-time stipend of $1,000 for full time employees and $500 for part-time employees.

The stipend is for additional duties, specifically training regarding the District Strategic Plan that is currently being developed.

The district will provide employees with training in November and December.

They will receive the stipend through a special payroll on Dec. 14.

The estimated cost of the stipend is $1.93 million that will come out of the existing fund balance.

Superintendent Dr. John Frossard says in the last three fiscal years, the board has only given a 1% raise.

Dr. Frossard says they can't afford to build in a raise that carries over from one year to the next.

"Knowing that our health insurance costs have gone up over these three years as well as inflation, we just felt it was important to let our employees know that we do appreciate the job that they're doing," Dr. Frossard says.

However, there some exceptions.

There are some exployees who will not receive the stipend including non-employee groups like substitute teachers and non- employees working for contracted services providers like bus drivers and custodians.

Dr. Frossard is also not eligible to receive the stipend.

In addition, at tonight's meeting, four schools: Alamo, Houston and Scotland Park Elementary Schools and Rider High School, presented their improvement plans after they failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress required by the No Child Left Behind Act.

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