The Brownsville Independent School District offering an early resignation one-time incentive pay for employees leaving at the end of this school year, in order to provide the district with the opportunity to plan for staffing and enrollment for the next school year.
The district is looking for more than three thousand employees to agree resign as early as today through April 30, which could cost the district close to 11 million dollars, and one local teacher union is praising the incentive.
“BISD has been doing this for five or six years but this is the most generous, there’s been one other time that they’ve given $10,000, but across-the-board this has been the most generous resignation incentive,” said Patrick Hammes, a leader for a teacher union, Brownsville Educators Stand Together.
In order to qualify for the Voluntary Resignation Incentive Agreement, employees must be full time and worked with the District for a minimum of 15 years at the end of the school year.
Employees who have worked with BISD for 15-19 years will receive $2,000, 20 – 24 Years $ 3,000, 25 – 29 years $4,000, 30 – 35 Years $ 5,000, 36 – 40 Years $ 7,500, and 41 or more years $10,000. Incentives that the board approved unanimously.
If an employee accepts the resignation, they cannot be re-employed by BISD for the following three years.
The average number of BISD employees accepting the separation incentive has been about 100 employees annually.