• Salary Information
    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 to view the 2020-2021 entire compensation plan
     
    Medical Insurance
    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 / Spanish). 
     
    The district contribution towards medical insurance.  If you decline the medical insurance you are no longer eligibile for the state contribution ($75). 

    For all other medical benefits, Ponder ISD uses a third party administrator - Financial Benefit Services, LLC, Benefit Video.  FBS enrollment information for 2020-2021 school year:  Flyer Enrollment Portal  
     
    Virtual Insurance MeetingRecording 7/22/2020
     
    Primary or Primary Plus Plan Requirements:
    A. Out of State Dependent Attestation-If you choose the Primary Plans for Medical Insurance -Required
    B. Primary Care Physician-New Primary Plans Required

    Payroll / Benefits Contact:
    Payroll, Insurance, Benefits, and Leave
    Contact Gwen Simpson, Email-gsimpson@ponderisd.net, Phone-479-8205
     
    FBS Call Center:  866-914-5202  English or Spanish representatives are available to answer questions regarding benefits. Hours-Monday-Friday 8:00 AM -7:00 PM CST
     
    New information for 20-21:
    Enrollment Videos:  English  /  Spanish

    Flex spending
    is through National Benefits Services, click here to go to their site.   
     
    Worker's Compensation Insurance
    Ponder ISD contracts with Texas Association of School Boards for their Worker's Compensation Insurance.  TASB uses PSWCA as their provider of the insurance.  Their website is www.pswca.org
     
    What to do when you are injured on the job. If you are injured while on the job, tell your supervisor as soon as possible. A list of Alliance treating doctors in your service area may be available from your employer. A complete list of Alliance treating doctors is also available online at www.pswca.org. Or, you may contact us directly at the following address and/or toll-free telephone number: TASB Risk Management Fund P.O. Box 2010 Austin, TX 78768 800.482.7276

    1.) Required: Notice given to injured employee of pswca.org requirements: Employee Notice-English / Spanish
    2.) Required: To be signed by injured worker and returned to employer: English / Spanish 
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    Providers-Doctors
     
    TRS Information/Updates:
     
       1. New TRS Health App (Aetna) 
       2. Health Insurance Checklist-guide to selecting the appropriate plan 
       3. TRS Healthcare-What's New or Updated-(English) or (Spanish) 
       4. Imaging (MRI) Assistance USNI 
       5. TRS ActiveCare Website
       6. New TRS Premium Rates (20-21)
     
    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.
     
    Meals
    The District will provide each staff member a free lunch at their campus' cafeteria during the regular school day.
     
    Returning Incentive
    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.

    403(b)/457 plans
    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. 
          3. Complete a Salary Reduction Agreement  and submit to National Benefit Services via mail or fax.