Payroll & Human Resources

Payroll Schedule and Deadlines

Payroll Deductions
Automatic payroll deductions for the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and federal income tax are required for all full-time employees. Medicare tax deductions are required for all employees hired after March 31, 1986. Other payroll deductions employees may elect, include deductions for the employee's share of premiums for health insurance and supplemental insurance; 403b annuities; the Texas Tomorrow Fund; pre-paid legal; and savings. Employees also may request payroll deduction for payment of membership dues to some professional organizations.

Automatic Payroll Deposit
Cushing Independent School District requires employees to have direct deposit. Employees can have their paychecks electronically deposited into an account at any banking institution within the United States. With automatic deposit, an employee's pay is immediately available on the pay date.

If you have questions regarding employee benefits, please contact the business office.

Human Resources

The Cushing Independent School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.

We offer our employees:

  • A competitive salary with excellent working conditions
  • Health insurance
  • Employee group life
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Disability insurance
  • 403b Plans

Notice: The 80th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 9 (SB9), mandating the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to acquire criminal history reports, including a national criminal history background check based on the submission of fingerprints on all school district employees hired after January 1, 2008.

Employee Benefits

Health Insurance
Group health insurance coverage is available to all employees who work at least 10 hours a week. The District will pay $225 towards the cost of health insurance for all employees who work at least 20 hours per week. The district's contribution to employee insurance premiums is determined annually by the Board of Trustees. Detailed descriptions of insurance coverage, prices, and eligibility requirements are provided to all employees.

The insurance plan year is from September 1 through August 31. New employees must complete enrollment forms within the first thirty days of employment. Current employees can make changes in their insurance coverage during open enrollment or any other time of the year as long as it falls under the definition of a change in family status. Employees should contact the Benefits Manager for more information.

Supplemental Insurance Benefits
At their own expense, employees may enroll in supplemental insurance programs for life, disability, vision, dental, cancer, hospital indemnity, accident, sickness, and intensive care insurance. Premiums for these programs can be paid by payroll deduction.

Cafeteria Plan Benefits (Section 125)
Employees may be eligible to participate in the Cafeteria Plan (Section 125) and, under IRS regulations, must either accept or reject this benefit. This plan enables eligible employees to pay certain insurance premiums on a pretax basis (i.e. medical reimbursement, childcare reimbursement, health, vision, cancer, dental, hospital indemnity, accident, sickness, and intensive care). A third-party administrator handles employee claims made on these accounts.

New employees must accept or reject this benefit during their first month of employment. All employees must accept or reject this benefit on an annual basis and during the specified time period.

Teacher Retirement
All personnel employed on a regular basis for at least one-half of the normal work schedule are members of the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS). Substitutes not receiving TRS service retirement benefits who work at least 90 days a year are also eligible for TRS membership and are eligible to purchase a year of creditable service. TRS provides members with an annual statement of their account showing all deposits and the total account balance for the year ending August 31, as well as an estimate of their retirement benefits.

Employees who plan to retire under TRS should notify the Business Office in writing as soon as possible. It is also the employee's responsibility to contact TRS as soon as possible. Inquiries should be addressed to: Teacher Retirement System of Texas, 1000 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701-2698, or call 800-223-8778 or 512-397-6400. TRS information is also available on the web at

403b Retirement Plan
All employees of Cushing ISD are eligible to set up a 403b Retirement Plan. Information on setting up a retirement plan can be obtained in the business office.

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