Hays CISD to consider $250 employee stipend

By Megan Wehring
HAYS CISD – District employees could be receiving an extra paycheck soon.
The Hays Board of Trustees will vote on a one-time COVID-19 perseverance incentive at its next meeting on Tuesday, April 27. If approved, the payment of $250 will be given to each employee to show appreciation for their commitment to the district despite obstacles caused by the pandemic.
“While this amount of $250 might not seem like what other districts might have given,” said Board President Esperanza Orosco, “we did give a 3% increase in compensation over all. So this is just a small token for our employees. I am very pleased we are able to do this.”
Keller hopes the stipend will show employees that the district cares and understands what a challenging year it has been.
“We see you and how hard things have been,” said Trustee Meredith Keller. “We are not done yet, friends, we still have some more school. I’m very happy about it.”
Orosco and Keller previously recommended that this incentive be brought forward earlier this year yet Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright decided to wait until a later date.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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