EDITOR'S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries or, in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.
Can I print my W-2 from your website? If yes, please give the links and any passwords I might need. I was employed by FWISD until July 2017.
Thank you for your question.
Inactive employees do not have access to the Employee Self-Serve system. Your W-2 was mailed to the address on file with FWISD. If you need a copy of your W-2, please contact the FWISD Payroll Department at 817-814-2197.
I have worked for FWISD for about 25 years.
I do not remember ever having a net raise. I have been operating at a net loss each year for years now. The following impacts my net paycheck loss every year:
tax increases (house property, income tax, etc.); inflation; benefit premium increases (This year I pay $1,717 per month just for medical insurance as premiums went up $800 per month.)
Thank you for your question. I understand your frustration regarding cost of living increases in relationship to pay increases. Suffice to say, the District does its very best to provide the highest percentage pay increases to its employees based upon the limited resources the District receives on an annual basis in the form of local tax collections and state aid.
Unfortunately, there is little anyone can do regarding increased costs due to inflation and taxation. Sadly, there is also little the District can do regarding the escalating costs of health care.
To explain in more detail, the District opted into TRS Heath Care plan in 2007. Once the District opts in, it cannot opt out. Since we are within the TRS Health Care System, no district in the plan throughout the state has any say so as to the plan benefits, deductibles and/or costs. TRS and its selected Vendor (here Aetna Healthcare) work together to provide the plans to school district employees statewide. Therefore, FWISD has no voice in the plan coverages or cost.
During the 85th Legislative session, there was some discussion of requiring districts of more than 1,000 employees to opt out of TRS Active Care. That Legislation died without any action. Therefore, for now, we must remain with TRS Active Care.
Please reach out to me if you have additional questions.
I have two questions.
How many days of accrued sick/personal business days will FWISD reimburse a teacher/counselor for at retirement?
When I began working for the District, teachers received an amount for each year they worked for FWISD which was paid at retirement. I know that FWISD no longer pays a "bonus" for each year; however, will the amount that had accrued before the policy ended be paid to me at retirement?
Dr. Judith Yarbro
Dear Dr. Yarbro,
Thank you for your questions.
Board Policy DEG(Local) explains an employee's eligibility for terminal pay.
Per the policy, terminal pay shall not be provided to employees hired after August 31, 2003. In short, if an employee qualifies to receive terminal pay, the employee will receive the lesser of the leave balance as of August 31, 2012, or the date of retirement, with a maximum of 20 days pay for unused leave. If an employee was hired after August 31, 2003, the employee is not eligible to receive pay for any unused accrued sick leave.
If you are eligible for terminal pay (hired before August 31, 2003), then you will receive that benefit at retirement. For employees who were grandfathered into the benefit, the amount was frozen as of August 31, 2012. Please refer to Board Policy DEG(Local) to review eligibility and anticipated payment of this benefit if you qualify.
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Board of Education Approves Makeup Work Hours for January 16 School Start Delay
The Fort Worth Board of Education has approved a recommendation that will not require non-exempt employees to make-up hours related to late arrivals on January 16.
The motion passed 4-1 at a board meeting Tuesday, February 13.
The District delayed school start times two hours, January 16 because of expected inclement weather.
According to a resolution approved February 13, by the Board, trustees believe "that the public interest will be served by paying all employees who were idled during the unexpected two-hour delayed start on January 16, 2018, due to bad weather." Pursuant to Board policy, all employees will be paid for a regular duty day "including those employees who were idle and not working during the two-hour delayed start."
In January, FWISD Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro issued a District memorandum, stating that employees who arrived to work prior to the delayed start time may receive up to two hours credit based on their schedule.
"This credit will prevent any dock in pay due to the two-hour delay," Ms. Schiro wrote the memo. "If an employee is granted credit for any amount of time, it should be for the time missed up to two hours prior to his/her scheduled work day on January 16, 2018. These hours should in no way place the employee into overtime status in KRONOS for the week of January 13-19, 2018."
Compensatory time is being allowed for up to two hours to the following non-exempt employees:
- Arrived at normal scheduled time;
- Arrived between normal scheduled time and before delayed start time;
- Already made up the missed time
Supervisors are required to monitor all compensatory time earned and used because of the January 16 delay.
Fort Worth ISD thanks Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Piccinini for their generous donation of 12 new computers to the International Newcomer Academy Family Center. Mr. Piccinini is the chief executive officer and founder of JP and Associates Realtors.
Lack of access to technology can be a barrier to new families immigrating to the United States. This generous donation will empower our students and their families to search for employment, complete online school applications and communicate with loved ones back home.