Sherman ISD Employees Enjoy District-Wide Incentive Programs
As school districts across the nation work to recruit and retain high-quality personnel, the Sherman ISD Board of Trustees has made it a top priority. In June of 2017, the board approved two district incentives that recognize an employee’s longevity and commitment to Sherman ISD. Both incentives are now in full swing and welcomed by Sherman ISD employees.
The longevity incentive program is designed to recognize employees who have made Sherman ISD their home by providing an incentive at milestone work anniversaries. Employees who complete increments of five years or more with the district and return the following school year will receive a one-time 500 dollars or more longevity incentive in their November paycheck. The check amounts increase by 500 dollars for every additional five years of service with SISD. Throughout the month of November, several Sherman ISD employees will be presented ceremonial checks, totaling more than $157,000, to recognize their years of service with Sherman ISD.
Piner Middle School teacher Dr. Jordan Edmonson is celebrating five years with Sherman ISD and welcomes the incentive.
“I’m so happy that Sherman ISD recognizes people that stick around and work so hard with our kids and really make progress,” he expressed. “Sometimes you can’t see progress until you reach that five or ten year mark and I’m really happy that Sherman ISD is recognizing those types of things.”
Sherman High School Campus Technology Specialist and ten-year veteran Kelly Walton shared the same sentiments.
“I think the SISD longevity incentive is a really good way to keep teachers here and a good way to show teachers that they care,” he said. “It shows us that they want us to stay as long as we can.”
In addition, the board of trustees also approved the Teacher Employee Recruitment and Retention Program (TERRP) 401 (a) retirement plan, which allows SISD to match employee retirement contributions. If an employee has five days or less of absenteeism from September 1-August 31, the district will match fifty cents to every dollar the employee contributes to a 457 or 403(b) account, up to one percent of the employee’s salary. The district has matched more than $56,000 for the 17-18 school year.
Executive Director of Human Resources Jill O’Neal says that it’s vital for SISD to invest in employees and ensure they know they are appreciated and valued.
“Our district is one of a few that offer a matching retirement plan. Out of 1,247 school districts across the state only 14 districts statewide have a matching plan in place,” O’Neal explained. “Of those 14 school districts, only eight districts offer matching plans to all employees and Sherman ISD is proud to be included on that list.”
Both incentive programs are open to all Sherman ISD employees. For more information, please visit www.ShermanISD.net/Incentives.
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