Eanes ISD approves 4.5% salary increase for teachers

Eanes ISD approved a 4.5% salary increase for its teachers during a June 18, regular board meeting.

Eanes ISD approved a 4.5% salary increase for its teachers during a June 18, regular board meeting.

Eanes ISD will not be able to provide teacher raises on par with those described by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick when discussing House Bill 3, new legislation passed in the Texas Legislature this year. This is according to Chris Scott, EISD’s executive director for business services.

In a memorandum to EISD Superintendent Tom Leonard, Scott said that while Patrick estimated an average teacher pay increase of about $4,000, Central Texas districts have calculated significantly lower raises, from a few hundred dollars to around $3,000.

“Unfortunately, Eanes ISD is at the low end of that scale,” the memo states. “We are continuing to refine these calculations, but we don’t expect that our relative position to change significantly.”

Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 3 into law June 11, according to the Texas Education Agency. The bill orders scheduled minimum salary increases determined by basic allotment increases for certain full-time education providers, including teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses.

Leonard explained that public information regarding HB 3 excluded a few important details. For example, under the bill, raises would only be granted to teachers with six years of experience or more.

"We feel that all of our teachers deserve an equal raise," Leonard said.

Despite a possible shortfall, members of the board agreed upon the critical importance of competition from neighboring districts, such as Austin ISD, which passed a 7% salary increase for teachers with more than five years experience.

EISD received $1.9 million through HB 3, which is about four times less than what Lake Travis ISD was granted, according to Leonard.

The board decided on a 4.5% compensation increase for teachers during the June 18 regular board meeting. Though the compensation differs from the rhetoric surrounding HB 3, it still meets the requirements of the bill.

"I've lived in West Lake Hills for 20 years; I'm not the normal teacher," Judy Hurst, a 30-year EISD teacher, said. "Most of the people who live in West Lake Hills are doctors, lawyers, and CEOs."

She asked the board to reconsider a 5% raise for teachers.

EISD reserves the right to revisit this approval. The board plans to further improve its budget calculations and provide better clarity regarding financial projections for future school years.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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