The district provides and funds medical plan employee only coverage for active Teacher Retirement System members employed by the district. Eligible employees have a choice of a PPO or CDHP plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. For full-time employees scheduled to work annually at least 1050 hours, the district funds the premiums for a $50,000 group term life insurance policy and for a 40 percent-of-salary long-term disability coverage. For full-time employees scheduled to work annually at least 1050 hours, the district offers a voluntary dental reimbursement plan. Medical and dental plan payroll deducted premiums can be tax-sheltered through the district's cafeteria plan with FFGA. The district also provides access to medical flexible spending and dependent child care accounts through the cafeteria plan.
Amarillo ISD provides five days of local sick leave and five days of state personal leave per year to full-time employees. An optional sick leave bank is available for employees as early as their second year in the district.
For those whom register for the sick leave bank, it may be used during illnesses which extend beyond the individual's personal sick leave accumulation.
We offer our teachers a comprehensive array of professional growth opportunities based upon student needs as identified in each campus plan. A district wide instructional model is supported through the Amarillo Instructional Model (AIM). AIM is designed to improve the instructional skills of teachers and the supervisory skills of administrators.
Staff development opportunities, including the Classroom Organization and Management Program, Cooperative Learning, Teacher Expectations/Student Achievement, and numerous other approaches address the latest teaching and learning strategies.
First year teachers have the benefit of experienced, trained mentors who provide support throughout the year. A thorough orientation and a continuing menu of staff development opportunities for beginning teachers and teachers new to the district have been enthusiastically endorsed by these groups.
Communication and Shared Decision Making
District employees, board trustees and Amarillo citizens work together improving educational programs through a variety of projects each school year. Operating with the philosophy of the classroom being the critical component of district operations, teachers are given wide latitude to develop and implement programs and instructional strategies which meet the needs of students.
Committees comprised of campus faculty and district leadership keep lines of communication open across the district. The district continues implementing site-based, shared decision making, these committees and teams are assuming increased responsibility for making decisions about campus budgets, staff development activities and school improvement plans to meet the needs of students.
Cluster and district newsletters and other correspondence regularly keep teachers informed of policies, procedures and events.