By Tony Farkas
SHEPHERD — The Shepherd ISD Board of Managers approved a stipend for teachers who can help recruit new educators.
At its Thursday meeting, the board voted in a compensation plan that pays $1,500 to any teacher who refers another to the district that eventually signs a contract to begin work.
The plan also provides an increased rate of pay for substitute teachers.
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations DeAnna Clavell said the district currently has seven long-term substitutes teaching in classes that the district cannot find full-time teachers for, and even for a kindergarten class that has been open since the beginning of the year.
In a separate matter, the board approved an air quality and COVID mitigation plan, and will allow the district to design and build a program to replace air conditioning units to help improve air quality, as well as install an ionizer.
E3 Entegral Solutions of Highland Village was selected to design the project.
A separate project to allow the district to spend federal grant money to retrofit buses with air conditioning to mitigate COVID also was approved.