Ponder ISD pays above the state minimum salary schedule for classroom teachers, full-time librarians, and full-time counselors. Paychecks are distributed on the 15th day of each month beginning in September and are electronically deposited to your checking or savings account. Click here
to view the 2017-2018 entire compensation plan
Ponder ISD is required by state law to participate in the TRS-Active Care medical insurance plan. This plan, administered through Aetna, provides three levels of benefits with varying costs. In an attempt to offset the out of pocket expense of insurance for employees, Ponder ISD has agreed to pay a higher percentage of the monthly premium than is required by the state. If an employee waives the health insurance benefit, they can receive a cash option payment. For the Health Insurance Marketplace Notice, click here (English
). For all other medical benefits, Ponder ISD uses a third party administrator - Financial Benefit Services, LLC, Benefits at a Glance.
Flex spending is through National Benefits Services, click here
to go to their site. To view the Benefits Guide, click here
State and Local Personal Leave
The State of Texas requires that all employees receive five days of paid personal leave per year which can accumulate and may be transferred to other Texas school districts. In addition to state leave, Ponder ISD provides three local paid personal leave days. Local personal leave days are allowed to accumulate for future years within the District, but are not transferable to other districts. Local personal days must be used prior to state leave. Upon retirement, Ponder ISD will buy back unsed days, see DEC(LOCAL) for more details.
The District will provide each staff member a free lunch at their campus' cafeteria during the regular school day.
Employees who remain with the District after their initial year of service receive a returning incentive. This is a lump sum payment for which TRS is not withheld. The amount of payment varies depending upon the role of employment and the number of continuous years of service within the district.
Ponder ISD uses National Benefits Services (NBS) as their third party administrator. In order to establish a NEW 403(b)/457b and begin
contributions follow the steps below:
1. Determine the company you would like to invest with. For a list of approved vendors, Click Here
2. Contact the vendor of your choosing directly to obtain
and submit all necessary paperwork to open the account.