Hays CISD approves employee pay increase

By Megan Wehring
HAYS CISD — A salary increase has been approved for Hays CISD employees.
The Board of Trustees approved a 4% pay increase for all district employees, which will increase the teacher starting salary to $50,000. The board also approved a minimum pay increase of $14 per hour for custodial, paraprofessional and child nutrition staff, and an increase of $14 per month to maintain a no-cost, employee-only health care option.
The district is trying to hire more teachers, especially those skilled in bilingual and special education. Hays CISD will give bilingual teachers a stipend in the range of $5,000 and $6,000 and an additional $1,500 sign-on bonus.
“It is a very difficult position to recruit and hire,” said Marivel Sedillo, chief human resources officer. “We are facing a shortage across the nation, especially in Texas. I think it would be a good faith effort to continue tracking and retaining our bilingual teachers.”
Hays CISD is looking to fill several positions including teachers, counselors, child nutrition staff, custodians, paraprofessionals and transportation workers. The district will be hosting a job fair for all positions from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30 at the Performing Arts Center.

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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 has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, 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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