Smithville ISD Approves Salary Increases
August 9, 2019
(Smithville) – At the special called school board meeting on Monday, August 5, the Smithville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved salary increases for all employees. The pay increase is the largest in recent history, made possible in part with new state monies received as a result of House Bill 3, signed into law in June 2019.
Smithville ISD Classroom teachers, counselors, librarians, and full time RN’s will receive an overall average of 7.5% increase in pay. Other staff will receive overall average increases of: clerical and paraprofessional 5.76%, cafeteria and maintenance staff 6.15%, bus drivers 8.5%, and administrators 3.5%.
The budget also provides for a boost to the employer insurance contribution from $367 to $378 per month. The $11 monthly increase is $132 annually in additional compensation allows each employee to access the basic health insurance plan at no cost. The starting salary for new teachers has increased from $40,050 to $43,200 which will help with recruiting new teachers to the district.
Superintendent Cheryl Burns is appreciative of the Board of Trustees and their support of the salary increases for employees in the district. Mrs. Burns added that, “Smithville ISD was required to increase salaries for all employees other than administrators by $376,411. Smithville ISD exceeded the requirements of HB3 by $303,170. The district allocated a total of $679,581 on raises for salary increases.”
“We are excited about the raises for all of our Smithville ISD Staff. While considering salary increase, it was important to continue being competitive with our surrounding districts, but also increase at a level that we will be able to sustain in the future,” said Chief Financial Officer Jean Ann McCarthy.
House Bill 3, termed the Texas Plan for School Finance Form, allocated $4.5 billion to education reforms, $2 billion for teacher compensation, and $5 billion in property tax relief.
School Board President Grant Gutierrez states that, “the employees are the most important resource of the district and are critical to our success. The Board of Trustees approval of the compensation plan is the culmination of hard work by the district to provide a significant salary increase for every employee.”