By Will Johnson
GRAPELAND – After years of bluster about how the pay for educators in the public school system should be increased, Texas legislators have finally put their money where their mouths were, giving teachers and staff a significant pay increase.
As budget season approaches for area school districts, the various school boards are putting together new salary schedules which many teachers and staff should find appealing. One such district is Crockett ISD which made its preliminary 2019-2020 salary schedule public during a regularly scheduled school board meeting held on Monday, Aug. 19.
During the 2018-2019 school year, the minimum salary for a first-year teacher at with no experience was $28,080. During the 2019-2020 school year, that same teacher with no experience will earn $33,660.
For teachers with 20 plus years of experience during the 2018-2019 school year, the minimum salary was $45,510. During the 2019-2020 school year, that same teacher with 20 plus years of experience will earn $54,540.
“The salaries are actually approved now,” CISD Superintendent Terry Myers said. “It will be an average of a 10% raise for teachers and an average of an 8% raise for all other employees in the district.”
He added, “Our new salary schedule for the district will begin at $42,000 and will go to $59,900. That’s a great salary schedule. It will be – by far – the highest paying one around here. Certainly, we will be able to compete with some of the other folks who have been beating us.”
“I think we made it clear,” Myers continued. “Our people are our number one priority. The state required us to give 30% of the new money generated by the new finance system to raises for employees. This district gave 70% of the new money to our employees. Our employees are our number one resource here and we appreciate what they do. We want to continue to try to be the highest paying school district in all of Houston County and one of the highest paying in the entire region. We’re working very, very hard to make a statement that our employees do a great job here and we want to reward them.”
In other matters brought before the board:
- The trustees approved the 2019 certified tax roll.
- The 2019-2020 budget was adopted.
- The 2019-2020 tax rate of $1.18 per $100 of property valuation was approved.
- The continuance of an existing resolution regarding the extracurricular status of the 4-H organization and adjunct faculty status granted to all eligible county extension faculty was approved.
- Cameron ISD Board Member Jason Donhalik was endorsed as a candidate for the Region 6 TASB Board of Directors.
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