MAP: Which school districts raised teacher salaries the most for the 2022-23 school year?

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Amid rising inflation and teacher shortages, central Texas school boards are trying to do what they can to keep employees in their districts.

According to a survey by Texas Association of Professional Educators last month.

As an Austin ISD teacher said in the survey, teachers “can’t afford to live in areas close to where we work unless they have two or three extra jobs or take on extra duties”. A reading specialist from Leander ISD commented, “I think teachers’ salaries don’t match the amount of physical, mental and emotional work we do every day.

KXAN has compiled teacher salary information for nearly 60 central Texas school districts. The vast majority of school boards have voted to increase salaries for the 2022-23 school year. Austin ISD is expected to discuss its budget and teacher salaries at a Thursday night board meeting.

For consistency, KXAN looked at starting salaries for teachers with no experience.

Of the districts that released new salary ranges for the 2022-23 school year, Manor ISD offers the highest starting salary, $54,590. All teachers in the district will receive a 6% increase.

“Last year, Manor ISD invested millions of dollars in a new compensation plan that offered our staff a more competitive salary than other Central Texas school districts,” Superintendent Dr. Andre Spencer said in a statement. . when the budget was proposed. “This year’s budget will build on that foundation and help us protect our investment in our people by keeping this plan competitive.”

Del Valle ISD will have the second highest starting salary, $54,000. The district will also pay all staff a $1,000 stipend at the end of professional development for the year, bringing the starting salary to $55,000. The neighborhood describes itself as a “destination neighborhood for exceptional educators”.

“The salary increase proposed by Superintendent Dr. Annette Tielle and adopted by the Board demonstrates our commitment to recruiting and retaining the best teachers for our students,” Executive Director of Communications Christopher Weddle told KXAN in a statement. communicated. “We are also proud that this significant salary increase is part of a balanced and fiscally responsible budget that ensures our salaries will be sustainable in the future.

Rounding out the top five are Dripping Springs ISD, Leander ISD, and Pflugerville ISD, each with starting salaries of $53,400 or more. Incidentally, Pflugerville ISD had the highest salary in the region during the 2021-22 school year, $51,900.

Three districts in the KXAN viewing area use state minimum wage, as determined by the Texas Education Agency. Lometa ISD, Mason ISD and Richland Springs ISD will all start salaries at $33,660 for the 2022-23 school year.

With respect to starting salary increases, most districts in the region have approved increases of between 2.5% and 6%.

Gause ISD, a small district in Cameron County with fewer than 200 students, approved a 19.5% increase in starting salary from $37,660 in the 2021-22 school year to $45,000 in 2022-23.

Two other districts increased the starting salary by more than 10%: Blanco ISD (13.6%) and Thorndale ISD (10.3%).

In the Austin metro area, Liberty Hill ISD increased the starting salary the most, from $48,550 to $52,850, an increase of 8.9%. The district is also offering a $4,500 increment to all teachers. LHISD currently serves about 7,000 students, but expects up to 24,000 students by the end of the decade thanks to the city’s explosive growth.

In addition to the three districts that use state minimum wages, three others have chosen not to increase starting wages this year: Harper ISD, Johnson City ISD and Schulenburg ISD.

Harper ISD Superintendent Bonnie Stewart told KXAN the district got a head start in raising wages by 3% for the 2021-22 school year. Meanwhile, Johnson City ISD is not raising starting salaries, but all returning teachers will receive a 3% midpoint raise.

Some districts have yet to approve pay scales for the 2022-23 school year. KXAN will update this story as these decisions are made.

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