Teacher, staff salary raises approved for Leander ISD

Leander ISD's board of trustees approved salary raises for teachers and staff June 20.

Leander ISD's board of trustees approved salary raises for teachers and staff June 20.

Leander ISD's board of trustees voted unanimously June 20 to set the starting teacher salary to $50,000 for the 2019-20 academic year. Pay scales will be adjusted from this starting point.

Though the numbers are still being worked out, this will mean a more than 5% raise for teachers, counselors and librarians with five or fewer years of experience and an at least 7.7% raise for those with more than five years of experience, according to LISD Chief Communications Officer Corey Ryan.

The board also approved a 4% of the midpoint raise for all non-teacher salary scales.

The raises will cost the district more than $15.5 million, according to Ryan.

The raises come after the passage of House Bill 3. Ryan said due to the approval of this bill, LISD anticipates to receive an additional $13-$14 million in state funding, which LISD is committing to employee compensation and health benefits.

The board also approved June 20 to commit a total of $1 million to the district's medical fund for the 2019-20 academic year. This money goes toward increasing contributions from $330 to $340 per employee per month, totaling $613,000, and providing an additional $387,000 towards the self-funded medical plan, according to district documents.

Correction: This story has been updated to state teachers, counselors and librarians with five or fewer years of experience are to see a more than 5% raise.

By Marisa Charpentier

Reporter, Cedar Park | Leander

Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.



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