The estimated total costs will be $9,252,517, according to LISD documents. Teachers and instructional assistants will account for $8,455,757, or 91.4% of the total.
Cogburn added that there will be a need to hire even more new staff by August.
“This is just the first round,” she said. “As we go through the budget process, there will be more positions.”
During the Feb. 20 agenda review meeting, trustee Aaron Johnson said the action would help the district get a jump on hiring employees in high demand.
Under the LISD board of trustees' new meeting format, LISD agenda items are discussed during the agenda review meeting, held on the third Thursday of the month, and voted on at the regular meeting, held on the fourth Thursday.
“This is the first round of the process. All positions will be formally approved when the budget is adopted in June,” Cogburn said. “It’s very beneficial for HR. To hire in June is extremely difficult.”