Katy ISD working on pay raise for teachers and staff

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 5/18/22

Katy school trustees want to give district teachers and staff a pay raise. How much of a raise remains to be seen.

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Katy ISD working on pay raise for teachers and staff

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Katy school trustees want to give district teachers and staff a pay raise. How much of a raise remains to be seen.

Trustees Monday postponed a vote on proposal to grant a 3% raise, choosing instead to create a special subcommittee to work with superintendent Ken Gregorski to identify options for larger salary increases and how they would be funded. With a list of options having been vetted by this subcommittee, trustees would then vote how to proceed at their next meeting.

Board President Greg Schulte will appoint the subcommittee. Schulte said having the subcommittee working with Gregorski and his staff to identify and evaluate salary increase options would be faster than doing so in a full board meeting.

Time is of the essence for the district. At the start of the discussion, Trustee Rebecca Fox asked if the vote could be delayed, citing a desire for more numbers and analysis. Schulte said the vote could be delayed, but Gregorski had told him that it was customary for teachers, who are leaving for the summer, to know what they could expect when they return to school this fall.

The meeting at which trustees would consider how to move forward would likely be a special meeting, not yet scheduled. Such a meeting would fall between graduations and the end of the month

Fox said she didn’t want to vote for a 3% salary increase because it wasn’t enough.

Perez, Redmon sworn in; trustees elect officers

At the start of the meeting, Victor Perez was sworn in as the district’s newest trustee. Perez, who is retired, defeated incumbent Duke Keller, an attorney, and three others in the May 7 school board trustee election.

Lance Redmon, who works in building material sales, won re-election against two opponents and was sworn in for his second term.

Trustees re-elected Schulte as board president, Redmon as vice president, and elected Ashley Vann as secretary.

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