ATTENTION Full-time Staff: Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment is underway through August 6, 2021!
This is the one time per year that existing employees may make changes to benefit plan enrollments. Medical is the only plan affected by changes, which include rate increases and some minor plan design changes. Rates and plan summaries can be viewed on the District’s Benefits website by clicking here. There are no other plan design or cost changes unless you are enrolled in Voluntary Life and are moving to the next age band.
In-person and telephone enrollment assistance is available!
Telephone Enrollment Assistance: If you don’t have access to a computer, are unable to connect to the internet on your phone, or would prefer to speak with someone on the phone, the FBS Call Center is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 866-914-5202. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.
You will find resources on the BISD website to help you. For information on Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment and enrollment assistance options, please visit the Birdville ISD website by clicking here, or go to the “For Staff” section, then “Benefits”.
It is important all eligible employees log into THEbenefitsHUB (login button in the top right corner). Even if you don’t intend to make changes to your benefits elections, you must make sure your dependent information is complete (including social security numbers) and that you have selected beneficiaries for the District-paid life insurance.
We look forward to another successful Employee Benefits Annual Enrollment and thank you for your time.
In support of all BISD staff and the exemplary work done during the 2020–21 school year, BISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Tuesday, April 27, to award an average pay raise of 3.3 percent to all teachers and a 3 percent raise at midpoint for all other staff. (This raise represents more than $5.27 million.) For teachers working 187 days, this is an annual increase of $2,000. The starting salary for a first-year teacher with no experience is $57,000.
In addition to the raise, the Board reviewed data from the Texas Association of School Boards that identified various employee groups in BISD’s pay structure that need additional salary adjustments to move them closer to the DFW market levels. These groups will be notified of any additional salary adjustments in the months ahead. (The adjustments for these various groups equal more than $1.96 million and bring these groups closer to market levels.)
“The Board recognizes the tremendous sacrifice and pressure our staff have been under since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Board President Jack McCarty said. “These raises are our way of saying ‘Thank you’ for your service to the families of BISD.”
Employees interested in applying for a campus transfer may access the eTransfer application (Internal/Transfer Application) from the Birdville website beginning March 22. Please note: The eTransfer postings are generic and not an indication there is a definite opening at each campus. As openings occur, principals will review eTransfer requests and contact staff they wish to consider. Postings will remain listed on the Job Board through June 4, 2021.
While employees have the right to Freedom of Speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the working environment is not the appropriate place for promotion or discussion of employee political views. Board Policy DGA (Local) provides that an employee’s participation in community, political, or employee organization activities shall be entirely voluntary and shall not:
Interfere with the employee’s performance of assigned duties and responsibilities;
Result in any political or social pressure being placed on students, parents, or staff; or
Involve trading on the employee’s position or title within the District.
In addition to the restrictions set out in DGA (Local), employees should refrain from engaging in any of the following activities during duty time:
Soliciting votes, contributions, or support for or against a particular candidate or ballot measure;
Discussing personal opinions with students regarding a political candidate or ballot proposition, unless the topic is directly related to the approved curriculum;
Preparing, displaying, wearing or distributing campaign literature, clothing, materials, or signs for or against a candidate or ballot measure (this prohibition does not apply to bumper stickers on personal vehicles provided that the style and content of the bumper sticker is not obscene, profane, disruptive, or otherwise in violation of District rules);
Soliciting volunteers to assist with a campaign for or against a political candidate or ballot measure;
Preparing for, organizing, or participating in a political meeting, petition, rally, or event;
Political speech or expression of personal opinions on social media during work hours;
Using any District resources for political or campaign activities, including but not limited to, District facilities, property, funds, supplies, fax machines, copiers, computers, employee mailboxes, or email accounts.
While off duty (including duty–free lunch and break times), employees may express their opinions and may engage in political activity but should do so in a way that does not cause disruption to the work environment or impede the operations of the District. Off duty employees are also free to engage in political speech on social media in support of or opposition to a specific candidate or proposal.