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  • March 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 3/29/2019

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    2019-2020 Employee Work Calendars

    The 2019-2020 Employee Work Service calendar has been approved and posted to  http://www.pfisd.net/Page/782Please email any questions to Human.Resources@pfisd.net.

    Additionally, teacher-related contracts will be provided to eligible employees in early May 2019.

     

    Attention Retirees!!

    If you plan to retire at the end of the current school year and want to be recognized at the May Employee Recognition banquet, you must notify your campus principal/dept. supervisor and the HR Dept. no later than April 12, 2019. The Employee Recognition Banquet will be held May 9 at the Courtyard by Marriott Austin Pflugerville and Pflugerville Conference Center.

     

    Skyward Teacher Survey

    PfISD will be moving to a new student and business information system in August 2019. While the Focus system provided enhanced features compared to our previous system, we believe that the new Skyward system will make it even easier for teachers to manage their Gradebooks through a stable environment. 

    The link below will take you to a survey we are conducting that will help us design a series of training options for district staff. We will also be recruiting teachers to help serve as trainers for the new Gradebook.

    We are working to provide training options in both online and face-to-face formats. We would like teachers to inform us of their preference as we know learning is different for everyone and we want to better serve your specific needs.

    Skyward Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/10xVkQt7zevB5vLg2

    You will be required to log in with your Google account so we can record your specific preference.

    We have extended the survey for one month. We will need to have your survey responses no later than Monday, April 15, 2019.

     

    Board Election - May 2019

    Pflugerville ISD will be hosting a regular election for school board Places 3, 4, and 5. PfISD had 5 candidates file for the three available seats. Filings were:

    • Place 3: Renae Mitchell
    • Place 4: Vernagene Mott
    • Place 5: Brian Allen, April Griffin, Charlie Torres
    Early voting runs from April 22-30, 2019. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019. Don't forget to vote in the May election!
     
        

    PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

    Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

    • Only a 600-word project summary is required
    • $100-$500 per grant
    • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
    • The last funding of the 2018-2019 year will be available April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

     

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    Did you know we have a staff directory that helps you search for staff contact information by category? http://www.pfisd.net/AdPhonebook/

     

    Board Bytes

     

    In the March Board Meeting, the annual TASB Salary Study was presented to the Board. Click here to view the TASB Presentation.

    To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    Teams advance to Destination Imagination Globals

    Creative Crayons  Two Pflugerville ISD teams have advanced to the Destination Imagination Global Finals tournament, scheduled for May 22-25 in Kansas City, Missouri.

    The multi-campus teams The Other Guys and Creative Crayons advanced to Destination Imagination Globals after competing at the Destination Imagination Texas Affiliate Tournament in Corpus Christi on March 22-23. The pair of teams, as well as the Electric Eagles of Dearing Elementary, moved onto the state tournament after competing at the Capital Region DI Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Connally High School.

    Education nonprofit Destination Imagination annually hosts competitions in which school-aged contestants solve team challenges at regional and state/national levels to advance to the global stage. Challenge categories vary, based in science, technology, engineering, arts, math and service learning.  

    Top-tiered teams at state tournaments are invited to compete at Globals. 

    The Creative Crayons advanced in the Escape Artists, Elementary Level service learning category. Team members are from Caldwell Elementary (Gracen Ramirez, Will O’Connor and McKenna O’Connor), Mott Elementary (Frankie O’Shaughnessy) and Timmerman Elementary (Bryce Howard and Helga Mueller). Team managers are Dan and Louise Howard. 

    The Other Guys The Other Guys advanced in the Medical Mystery, Middle Level scientific category. Members are from Kelly Lane Middle (Victor Bendixen), Pflugerville Middle School (Rudolf Bendixen, Kenneth Kalu, Elena Howard, and Emma Edwards), Timmerman Elementary (Bryce Howard) and Windermere Elementary (Jameson Messer). Team managers are Rachelle Bendixen and Louise Howard.

    Destination Imagination is in its 20th year of hosting team challenge competitions. More than 150,000 students across the U.S. and in 30-plus countries annually participate in the DI Challenge Experience program. 

    The Legendary Apple Doom Skullz of Pflugerville Middle School and The Creative Crayons represented PfISD at Destination Imagination Global Finals last year.

    For more information, visit www.globalfinals.org .

     

     

    New Clear Bag Policy at The Pfield

    Pflugerville ISD Athletic Director Todd Raymond announced on Tuesday the implementation of a clear bag policy for events at The Pfield beginning in the 2019-20 academic year.
     
    The new clear bag policy is in line with current trends at sporting venues across the nation in an effort to improve the safety and security of those in attendance.
     
    “The safety of our students, parents and fans in attendance at our sporting events is our No. 1 priority at The Pfield,” Raymond said. “This clear bag policy will help us keep everyone in attendance at our football and soccer games safe.”
     
    Approved bags in the policy include clear bags that do not exceed 12 inches in length or height and 6 inches in width. A clear one-gallon plastic resealable plastic storage bag can also be used. A policy of one bag per person will be in place, as well.
     
    Bags must be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and have a maximum of one logo imprint not exceeding 4.5 inches tall and 3.4 inches wide.
     
    The only non-clear bags that will be permitted into The Pfield under the policy are small bags no larger than the size of a hand, like a clutch with or without the strap.
     
    Backpacks, duffle bags, purses, large fanny packs, large tote bags, diaper bags and camera cases are among the non-approved bags at The Pfield beginning in August 2019.
     
    Exceptions to the clear bag policy will be made for credentialed media and those with necessary medical items after proper inspection at designated areas.
     
    Fans who recently attended sporting events at The University of Texas recently should be familiar with clear bag policies as UT Athletics implemented its own clear bag policy within the last two years.
     
    Universities across the nation have begun using clear bag policies at sporting events and school districts are beginning to follow suit in an effort to ensure a safe and secure environment at the games.
     
    Austin ISD, Lake Travis ISD and Hays CISD as just a few of the school districts in the area to announce clear bag policies within the past year. A number of San Antonio and Houston area school districts also implemented clear bag policies in 2018.
     
    For more information regarding the clear bag policy, please visit the PfISD Athletics page on the district website, where a link to a graphic depiction of approved and non-approved bags in more detail can be found.

     

    coming soon

    • Board of Trustees Workshop: April 4, at 6:30 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Staff and student holiday: April 19
    • Dr. Carol Fletcher Retirement Reception: April 24, 4:30-6 p.m. at Rock Gym
    • Regular Board of Trustees Meeting: April 25, at 7 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

    Perk of the Month

    Zaxby's Pflugerville
    1301 FM 685, Pflugerville
    Website: www.zaxbys.com 
    Contact: Leslie Patel (zaxbysfm685@gmail.com), 512-514-1646
    15% off dine in, drive thru and call in orders with valid ID. 
     
    Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days
    Every Saturday and Sunday in April there are extra savings for educators. Receive 25% off books, toys, games, music, movies and more; 10% off cafe treats and a FREE tall Starbucks fresh brewed hot or iced coffee. 
     

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

     

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  • February 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 2/28/2019

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    2019-20 PfISD budget and compensation

    Work has begun on the 2019-2020 budget process. The current proposed budget will recommend a 3% raise for all PfISD employees, a more significant increase than in past years. As you may recall, due to budgetary constraints last year, the district was only able to give a 1.5% pay increase, which did not include all employees. 

    Currently, there is legislation which includes a possible $5,000 raise for all Texas teachers. We are monitoring this closely prior to formally recommending the 3% raise. The rationale for this is we want to provide for our employees, while at the same time ensuring that we have a fiscally responsible budget that can be maintained over time. In Pflugerville ISD, with nearly 1,900 teachers, a $5,000 raise would be an estimated annual cost of $9.4 million to the district, which would drastically impact the budget and will play a big part in salary decisions for the next several years. We are excited about the potential of recommending a 3% raise and we will keep you in the loop as actions at the legislature progress.

     

    Skyward Teacher Survey

    PfISD will be moving to a new student and business information system in August 2019. While the Focus system provided enhanced features compared to our previous system, we believe that the new Skyward system will make it even easier for teachers to manage their Gradebooks through a stable environment. 

    The link below will take you to a survey we are conducting that will help us design a series of training options for district staff. We will also be recruiting teachers to help serve as trainers for the new Gradebook.

    We are working to provide training options in both online and face-to-face formats. We would like teachers to inform us of their preference as we know learning is different for everyone and we want to better serve your specific needs.

    Skyward Survey Link: https://goo.gl/forms/10xVkQt7zevB5vLg2

    You will be required to log in with your Google account so we can record your specific preference.

    We will need to have your survey responses no later than Friday, March 15, 2019 (the day before Spring Break).

     

    Summer School Positions

    Please note that the Human Resource Department will post Summer School teaching opportunities soon.  

     

    Board Election - May 2019

    Pflugerville ISD will be hosting a regular election for school board Places 3, 4, and 5. PfISD had 5 candidates file for the three available seats. Filings were:

    • Place 3: Renae Mitchell
    • Place 4: Vernagene Mott
    • Place 5: Brian Allen, April Griffin, Charlie Torres
    Early voting runs from April 22-30, 2019. Election Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019.
     
     

    Nominate a student volunteer for 2019 Student Heroes Award

    The State Board of Education (SBOE) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Student Heroes Award.

    The Student Heroes Award program recognizes Texas public school students in prekindergarten through high school who voluntarily work to assist or benefit their fellow Texas students.

    Award requirements include the following:

    • The service, assistance or good deed must be voluntary and not part of any curriculum, graduation requirement, class, or community project.
    • The service, assistance or good deed must benefit other students in Texas, either individually or collectively.
    • The benefit may be to students of one campus, a district, or a community.

    Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. (DST) March 12.

    Recipients of the Student Heroes awards will be announced in May. A plaque will be awarded to each Student Hero by his or her State Board member.

     Nomination forms and program guidelines are available at https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Awards/Student_Heroes_Award/

    or for more information please email heroes@tea.texas.gov.

     

    PfISD is seeking your input on the PfISD Instructional, Grading and Reporting Guidelines

    Please review to the PfISD Instructional, Grading and Reporting Guidelines then use this form to provide suggested edits, changes, and comments with rationales. Your input will be reviewed by a district-level committee. We are collecting emails with these responses in case we need to follow-up. All suggestions will be considered by the district committee but it may not be possible to adopt or implement all suggestions. This forum will be open through March 15, 2019.  Your input is valued and needed.

    Form:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9yAk11C-SYi2gkpmyhdrQdiqFjPnEwCUn6bzBf2jOgW1uiA/viewform?usp=sf_link

       

    PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

    Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

    • Only a 600-word project summary is required
    • $100-$500 per grant
    • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
    • Funding will be available March 27 and April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

     

    Employee Transfer Window Eliminated

    To provide our current campus employees with the most flexibility, PfISD has eliminated the previously used "transfer window." Effective this year, campus employees wishing to transfer will no longer be required to apply for transfers during the "transfer window." If an employee sees a job posted within the district they would like to apply for, they need only to inform their campus principal in writing prior to applying. Employees will be required to apply for interested vacancies via our online employment application system. Additionally, the last day for transfer will be moved up one week to June 7th.

    Employees who were involuntarily reassigned earlier this school year will have the first opportunity to transfer back to their previous campus.

     

    PfISD creates new Surplus Procedures

    In an effort to provide better service to our campus staff members, the district's procedures for Surplus staff have changed for the upcoming school year.

    Once a campus is aware that staff must be reassigned to another campus due to a decrease in student enrollment, it will begin a three-phase process to determine which staff members in the impacted grade level will be reassigned:

    1. Any volunteers from the specified grade level
    2. Seniority of staff in the grade level impacted
    3. In the event of a tie, a staff member's total years of seniority in PfISD and outside school districts will be factored in.

    Paraprofessional staff members are subject to the above rules as well. The Superintendent has ultimate discretion for movement of staff members. Any staff members currently under performance review will not be eligible to be reassigned.

      

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    Did you know our district offers an Employee Assistance Program? If you are struggling with grief, depression, work/life balance, relationship/family issues, weight control, etc. you can receive free in-person counseling for up to three visits per issue per year and 24/7 telephone support. http://www.pfisd.net/Page/5707

     

    Board Bytes

     

    In the February Board Meeting, the Board approved:

    • The sale of approximately 250 million in bonds funded through the Nov. 2018 Bond Election
    • Additional Security Cameras to be Installed at Kelly Lane Middle, Park Crest Middle, and Pflugerville High Ag Barn 
    • Replacement of Fire Alarm System at Kelly Lane Middle School

    To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    District honors employees for years of service

    Pflugerville ISD hosted its 2019 Employee Service Awards Banquet at the Courtyard Marriott in February. 

    District staff and faculty members were honored for 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service. Each honoree received handmade ceramic pottery.

    PfISD Board of Trustees President Vernagene Mott provided opening remarks. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian served as guest speaker.

    In May, the district will honor its campus teachers of the year; Elementary, Rookie and Secondary Teachers of the Year; Support Staff of the Year; Humanitarians of the Year; and retirees.

    Employees honored

     

    Eleven students named to all-state band

    Pflugerville ISD placed 11 students on all-state band rosters this year.

    Weiss High School sophomore Shonn Olegario was named all-state for the second consecutive year. Olegario made Texas Music Educators Association All-State Sinfonietta Orchestra in tenor trombone.

    Seven Hendrickson High School students earned all-state recognition, including seniors Gihvon Bilal (clarinet) and Aidan Grivas (clarinet), who also were named all-state last year.

    Hendrickson sophomore Marc Abdallah (oboe) and senior Samuel Simcik (cornet/trumpet) were named to the TMEA All-State Philharmonic Orchestra, while junior Brayden Heath (flute), sophomore Hoang-Nghi Nguyen (oboe) and sophomore Mason Willy (euphonium) were named to the TMEA All-State Concert Band.

    From Pflugerville High School, sophomore Hannah Raymond (clarinet), senior Jordan Washington (cornet/trumpet) and sophomore Dylan Le tenor (trombone) were named to the TMEA All-State Concert Band.

    Pflugerville ISD band students participated in local auditions on Dec. 7-8, with top students advancing to regional auditions. From there, top students advanced to area auditions Jan. 12 in Duncanville, where all-state finalists from Region 26 were determined.

     

    coming soon

    • The Big Event community service project: March 8
    • Staff development/student holiday: March 15
    • Spring Break: March 18-22
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

    Perk of the Month

    Spare Time Texas
    1724 FM 685, Pflugerville
    Website:  sparetimetexas.com
    Contact:  Melanie Johnson (melanie.johnson@sparetimetexas.com)  512-647-1700
    Buy $10.00 get $5.00 in the Arcade.
    Guests can also purchase laser tag with the $5.00 card.  Laser Tag is $4.99 during the week and $6.99 on the weekends.
    Show your PfISD badge for discount.

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

     

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  • January 2019

    Posted by Tamra Spence on 1/15/2019

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    New Employee Benefit - Teledoc!

    With your United Health Care medical plan you have access to care 24/7 with Virtual Visits. A Virtual Visit lets you see a doctor from your computer or mobile device without an appointment. 

    Virtual Visits are covered under your health plan benefits. The cost is covered at 100% if you are enrolled under the low, mid or high PPO plans and is $50 or less if you are enrolled under the High Deductible Health Plan.

    To learn more and start a visit, go to uhc.com/virtualvisits.com. You can also go directly to amwell.com or doctorondemand.com - or the AmWell or Doctor on Demand mobile apps.

    Tips for registering:

    1. Locate your member ID number on your UHC ID card.
    2. Have your credit card ready to cover any costs not covered by your health plan.
    3. Choose a pharmacy that's open in case you are given a prescription. 

     

    District will continue Block Schedule for 2019-2020 

    PfISD will continue to operate on a Block Schedule for all four high schools in the upcoming school year. Please note that there may be changes made within the block schedule as needed. 

     

    2018 Bond Update 

    Pflugerville ISD is currently on schedule to open Elementary School No. 22 in the 2020-21 school year.

    Middle School No. 7 is scheduled to open in the 2021-22 school year and Elementary No. 23 is expected to open in the 2022-23 school year. 

    Local voters in November authorized a $332 million bond package for PfISD, for projects to include construction of three new schools, the expansion of Delco Primary and Dessau Elementary, land purchases and renovations to other facilities. 

    For more information on the 2018 Pflugerville ISD bond propositions, visit http://www.pfisdbond.net.

      

    PEF Offers Mini-Grants to Teachers

    Ninety-four percent of public school teachers say they spend an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies or training without reimbursement. PEF has a plan to help through Mini-Grants:

    • Only a 600-word project summary is required
    • $100-$500 per grant
    • Deadline the 28th of each month (February, March or April)
    • Funding will be available February 28, March 27 and April 27 of the 2018-2019 school year.

    Apply today! Mini-Grant Criteria | Mini-Grant Application

     

    Presidential Award Nominations and Applications Now Open

    The 2018-2019 nomination window for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is now open. Teachers of grades 7-12 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply. High school teachers who teach a career and technical education (CTE) or technology applications course that can satisfy a mathematics or science graduation credit may apply under the appropriate category. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    The 2018-2019 nomination window will close on March 1, 2019. The application window will be open until May 1, 2019. Teachers may sign up to apply or be nominated for the award at www.paemst.org. If you know great teachers, encourage them to join this prestigious network of professionals. In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2019 will receive 25 CPE hours.

    For questions, contact Jo Ann Bilderback, Liz Baker, or Luis Salinas at tx_paemst@tea.texas.gov or 512-463-9581.

     

    Employee Transfer Window Eliminated

    To provide our current campus employees with the most flexibility, PfISD has eliminated the previously used "transfer window." Effective this year, campus employees wishing to transfer will no longer be required to apply for transfers during the "transfer window." If an employee sees a job posted within the district they would like to apply for, they need only to inform their campus principal in writing prior to applying. Employees will be required to apply for interested vacancies via our online employment application system. Additionally, the last day for transfer will be moved up one week to June 7th.

    Employees who were involuntarily reassigned earlier this school year will have the first opportunity to transfer back to their previous campus.

     

    PfISD creates new Surplus Procedures

    In an effort to provide better service to our campus staff members, the district's procedures for Surplus staff have changed for the upcoming school year.

    Once a campus is aware that staff must be reassigned to another campus due to a decrease in student enrollment, it will begin a three-phase process to determine which staff members in the impacted grade level will be reassigned:

    1. Any volunteers from the specified grade level
    2. Seniority of staff in the grade level impacted
    3. In the event of a tie, a staff member's total years of seniority in PfISD and outside school districts will be factored in.

    Paraprofessional staff members are subject to the above rules as well. The Superintendent has ultimate discretion for movement of staff members. Any staff members currently under performance review will not be eligible to be reassigned.

     

    PHS to host AACTM Math Conference

    On Saturday, Jan. 26 PHS will host the AACTM math conference and will have over 200 math teachers in attendance, half of whom will be Pflugerville teachers, and many will serve as presenters. Good luck PfISD Math Teachers!

     

    Calling All Key Women Educators

    We are proud and excited to announce that Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of key women educators, will be chartering a chapter for Pflugerville Educators on March 30, 2019. DKG’s mission is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. If any of you may have been a member of DKG in a different state or chapter; it would be great to have you rejoin as one of our charter members. 

    We will have 2 informational meetings:

    • Saturday, Feb. 9, 2–4 p.m. at the home of Debby Krueger in the historic Kuempel Haus at 16422 Cameron Rd.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7-8 p.m. in the Board Room at the PfiSD Administration Building

    We invite and encourage those interested in DKG to check our website or call/email local members, Debby Krueger, 512-415-9811, or Genia Klein, 512-879-8176.

    We are looking forward to speaking with you about the 7 purposes of DKG, scholarships, and other benefits available to DKG members. Hope to see you at one of the meetings.

     

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    Did you know our district has a webstore? Instead of exchanging money with students and parents, work with the finance department to set up an account for t-shirts, rentals, donations, camps and more! https://pflugervilleisd.revtrak.net

     

    Board Bytes

     

    In the January Board Meeting, the Board approved updated attendance zones for the southeast portion of the district. Read more here. To view the entire Board Meeting video, visit the district's YouTube page.

     

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    Copperfield ES Teacher highlighted on Good Morning America

    Congratulations to Margaret Olivarez, a third-grade teacher at Copperfield ES, who was highlighted on Good Morning America in January for her efforts to inspire her students to dream big. Olivarez wrote to universities across the country asking for college t-shirts to give to her students. Her letters brought in enough t-shirts for every student on campus. Way to exemplify that Passionate Service we have here in PfISD Margaret! See the GMA story here.

     

    coming soon

    • PfISD Board of Trustees regular meeting: Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., PfISD Administration Building, 1401 W. Pecan St.
    • Staff development/student holiday: Feb. 18 
    • The Big Event community service project: March 8 *student participation forms are due Friday, Jan. 25. Click to view form.
    • Staff development/student holiday: March 15
    • Spring Break: March 18-22
    • Graduation: June 1 at the University of Texas Frank Erwin Center (Hendrickson High School at 10 a.m., Connally High School at 1 p.m., Pflugerville High School at 3:30 p.m.)

     

    Perk of the Month

    Camp Gladiator
    9185 Research Blvd., Austin
    Contact: Casey Nall (caseynall@campgladiator.com) 512-699-0365
    PfISD employees may receive up to 30% discount on monthly membership fees based on total employees enrolled. Current discount is 15%.

    To view more perks, visit The Pfair.

     

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